Trichloroethylene (TCE)

C2HCl3, this is an industrial solvent used primarily for vapor degreasing and cold cleaning. It is an extraction solvent for greases, oils, fats, waxes, and tars, and is used by the textile processing industry to sour cotton, wool, and other fabrics. Exposure to moderate amounts of trichloroethylene may cause various health effects such as headaches, vertigo, visual disturbance, tremors, and dizziness. Death may occur from inhalation of large amounts. People located near or downwind of sites where TCE may be in operation might be exposed to higher levels. It is a carcinogen. [Journal of Environmental Management; v83; 56-65; 2007.] [Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical; v217; 109-115; 2004.]