Antimony is a silvery-white metal that is found in the earth's crust. Antimony ores are mined and then mixed with other metals to form antimony alloys or combined with oxygen to form antimony oxide.
Little antimony is currently mined in the United States. It is brought into this country from other countries for processing. However, there are companies in the United States that produce antimony as a by-product of smelting lead
and other metals.
Antimony isn't used alone because it breaks easily, but when mixed into alloys, it is used in lead storage batteries, solder, sheet and pipe metal, bearings, castings, and pewter. Antimony oxide is added to textiles and plastics to prevent them from catching fire. It is also used in paints, ceramics, and fireworks
, and as enamels for plastics, metal, and glass.
Exposure to antimony occurs in the workplace
or from skin
contact with soil at hazardous waste sites
. Breathing high levels of antimony for a long time can irritate the eyes and lungs, and can cause problems with the lungs
, and stomach
. This chemical has been found in at least 403 of 1,416 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency
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