Chlordane is a manufactured chemical that was used as a pesticide in the United States from 1948 to 1988. Technical chlordane is not a single chemical, but is actually a mixture of pure chlordane mixed with many related chemicals. It doesn't occur naturally in the environment. It is a thick liquid whose color ranges from colorless to amber. Chlordane has a mild, irritating smell.
Some of its trade names are Octachlor and Velsicol 1068. Until 1983, chlordane was used as a pesticide on crops like corn and citrus and on home lawns and gardens.
Because of concern about damage to the environment and harm to human health, the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) banned all uses of chlordane in 1983 except to control termites. In 1988, EPA banned all uses.
Exposure to chlordane occurs mostly from eating contaminated foods
, such as root crops, meats
, fish and shellfish
, or from touching contaminated soil. High levels of chlordane can cause damage to the nervous system
. This chemical has been found in at least 171 of 1,416 National Priorities List sites
identified by the EPA.
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