2-Butanone is a manufactured chemical but it is also present in the environment from natural sources. It is a colorless liquid with a sharp, sweet odor. It is also known as methyl ethyl ketone (MEK).
2-Butanone is produced in large quantities. Nearly half of its use is in paints and other coatings because it will quickly evaporate into the air and it dissolves many substances. It is also used in glues and as a cleaning agent.
2-Butanone occurs as a natural product. It is made by some trees and found in some fruits
and vegetables in small amounts. It is also released to the air from car and truck exhausts.
Exposure to 2-butanone occurs in the workplace
or from using consumer products containing it. Mild irritations of the eyes
, nose, and throat
were seen in people who breathed 2-butanone. This chemical has been found in at least 472 of 1,416 National Priorities List sites
identified by the Environmental Protection Agency
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