Hexachloroethane is a colorless solid that gradually evaporates when it is exposed to air. It is also called HCE, perchloroethane, and carbon hexachloride. Its vapors smell like camphor. In the United States, about half of the hexachloroethane is used by the military
for smoke-producing devices. It is also used to remove air bubbles in melted aluminum
. Hexachloroethane may be present as an ingredient in some fungicides, insecticides, lubricants, and plastics.
Hexachloroethane does not occur naturally in the environment. It is no longer made in the United States, but it is formed as a by-product in the production of some chemicals
. Some hexachloroethane can be formed by incinerators when materials containing chlorinated hydrocarbons are burned. Hexachloroethane itself does not catch fire easily. Some hexachloroethane can also be formed when chlorine reacts with carbon compounds in drinking water.
Exposure to hexachloroethane can be irritating to the skin
, and eyes
. Hexachloroethane has been found in at least 45 of the 1,416 National Priorities List sites
identified by the Environmental Protection Agency
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Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
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