Mustard Gas

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Mustard gas refers to several manufactured chemicals, including sulfur mustard, that do not occur naturally in the environment Mustard gas is actually a liquid and is not likely to change into a gas immediately if it is released at ordinary temperatures. As a pure liquid, it is colorless and odorless, but when mixed with other chemicals, it looks brown and has a garlic-like smell.

Mustard gas has been used in chemical warfare and was made in large amounts during World Wars I and II. It was reportedly used in the Iran-Iraq war in 1980-1988. It is not presently used in the United States, except for research purposes, and the U.S. Department of Defense must destroy all remaining stocks of mustard gas by 2004.

The general population is not exposed to mustard gas. Mustard gas can cause irritation and burns of the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract, reproductve effects, and may cause cancer of the respiratory tract. This chemical has been found in at least 3 of the 1,585 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

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