from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Perchloroethylene.
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- n. A chlorocarbon with the formula C2Cl4, often used in dry cleaning
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- n. anthelmintic agent used against hookworm and other nematodes
In just a few years, the number of inspections to sniff out offences related to handling perchloroethylene - sometimes called tetrachloroethylene or PERC - has more than doubled.
I think you're thinking of perchloroethylene, also known as tetrachloroethylene, not perchlorates, which have a much more restricted use.
But all those other cases were resolved when $3.1 million in settlement payments were made to the tenants who filed lawsuits in 1997 after learning that the water system at the low-income housing complex contained a toxin called tetrachloroethylene, a carcinogen also known as PCE.
The gas-like mass of perchloroethylene, PCE, also known as tetrachloroethylene, or TCE, is emblematic of the intersection of older, less regulated Vegas - indeed, the entire nation - with a world of science that discovers dangers in commonplace practices of years past.
The Natural Resources Defense Council recently published a fascinating report called "The Delay Game: How the Chemical Industry Ducks Regulation of the Most Toxic Substances," which analyzes how "the chemical industry has prevented EPA from completing or updating health assessments of some of the most widely used toxic chemicals in the country -- well-known poisons like arsenic, formaldehyde and hex chrome, and some of their less well-known cousins such as TCE, styrene and tetrachloroethylene."
Test wells have detected the cancer-causing solvent trichloroethylene and the suspected carcinogen tetrachloroethylene.
Thanks in large part to a decade of nearly nonexistent enforcement, tens of millions of men, women and children now routinely drink, bathe in and cook with tap water laced with illegal levels of contaminants (not just bacteria, parasites and viruses, but known carcinogens like arsenic, uranium, radium, and tetrachloroethylene).
During the time of my mother's pregnancy, we were exposed to high levels of tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, dicholoroethylene, benzene and vinyl chloride in the tap water provided to my family by the Marine Corps.
The effects of exposing babies to tetrachloroethylene through breast milk are unknown.
This public health statement tells you about tetrachloroethylene and the effects of exposure.
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