Heptachlor and Heptachlor Epoxide

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Heptachlor is a manufactured chemical and doesn't occur naturally. Pure heptachlor is a white powder that smells like camphor (mothballs). The less pure grade is tan. Trade names include Heptagran, Basaklor, Drinox, Soleptax, Termide, and Velsicol 104. Heptachlor was used extensively in the past for killing insects in homes, buildings, and on food crops, especially corn. Use slowed in the 1970s and stopped in 1988. Heptachlor epoxide is also a white powder and is a breakdown product of heptachlor. The epoxide is more likely to be found in the environment than heptachlor.

Exposure to heptachlor and heptachlor epoxide happens mostly from eating contaminated foods and milk, or skin contact with contaminated soil. At high levels, they can cause damage to your nervous system. Heptachlor and heptachlor epoxide have been found in at least 129 and 87 sites, respectively, of 1,300 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

See a doctor if you have been harmed by this substance. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be timelimits within which you must commence suit.

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Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

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