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1,2-Dichloroethene, also known as 1,2-DCE, is an organic compound with the formula C2H2Cl2. It is a highly flammable, colorless liquid with a sharp, harsh odor. It can exist as either of two geometric isomers, cis-1,2-dichloroethene or trans-1,2-dichloroethene, but is often used as a mixture of the two. They have modest solubility in water.

Production and Uses[edit | edit source]

1,2-Dichloroethene is produced by the chlorination of ethylene. It is used primarily in the vinyl chloride production, which is used to make a variety of plastic and vinyl products. It is also used as a solvent for a variety of organic materials.

Health Effects[edit | edit source]

Exposure to 1,2-Dichloroethene can occur through inhalation, ingestion, eye or skin contact. It is considered a potential carcinogen and can cause damage to the liver, lung, and kidney. It can also cause nausea, headache, dizziness, and confusion.

Environmental Impact[edit | edit source]

1,2-Dichloroethene is a common contaminant of soil and groundwater due to its use in the plastics industry. It can be harmful to aquatic life and can cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment.

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