Bromomethane is a manufactured chemical. It also occurs naturally in small amounts in the ocean where it is formed, probably by algae and kelp. It is a colorless, nonflammable gas with no distinct smell.
Other names for bromomethane are methyl bromide, mono-bromomethane, and methyl fume. Trade names include Embafume and Terabol.
Bromomethane is used to kill a variety of pests including rats, insects, and fungi. It is also used to make other chemicals or as a solvent to get oil out of nuts, seeds, and wool.
Exposure to bromomethane occurs mostly from breathing contaminated air in the workplace
or at waste sites. It is usually not found in surface water, soil, or food
. Exposure to high levels can affect your lungs
and cause breathing difficulty. It can also damage your kidneys
and nervous system
, and can even cause death
. This chemical has been found in at least 74 of 1,416 National Priorities List sites
identified by the Environmental Protection Agency
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