Perchloroethylene (also called tetrachloroethylene), is a colorless liquid widely used for dry cleaning of fabrics. Textile
mills, chlorofluorocarbon producers, vapor degreasing and metal cleaning operations, and makers of rubber coatings may also
use perchloroethylene. It is also commonly used in aerosol formulations, solvent soaps, printing inks, typewriter correction
fluid, adhesives, sealants, shoe polishes and lubricants.
Perchloroethylene is a central nervous system depressant. Inhaling its vapors can cause dizziness, headache, sleepiness,
confusion, nausea, and unconsciousness. Breathing perchloroethylene over long periods of time can cause liver and kidney
damage and memory loss. Perchloroethylene is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a probable
Perchloroethylene Concentrations in Outdoor Air, by New Jersey County, NATA 2005
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