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Main Title Multimedia levels trichloroethylene /
Author DeCarlo, Vincent J.
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DeCarlo, Vincent J.
CORP Author Battelle Memorial Institute. Columbus Laboratories.; United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Toxic Substances.
Publisher Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Toxic Substances : [Distributed by] National Technical Information Service,
Year Published 1977
Report Number EPA 560/6-77-029; EPA-68-01-1983
Stock Number PB-276 535
OCLC Number 14985295
ISBN $5.25
Subjects Trichloroethylene. ; Trichloroethylene--Toxicology. ; Trichloroethylene--toxicity.
Additional Subjects Environmental surveys ; Industrial wastes ; Chemical industry ; Chlorine organic compounds ; Concentration(Composition) ; Air pollution ; Water pollution ; Soil analysis ; Aquatic animals ; Tissues(Biology) ; Industrial hygiene ; Sediments ; Surface waters ; Degradation ; Exposure ; Potable water ; Toxicity ; Food chains ; Sites ; Monitoring ; Sampling ; Humans ; Ethylene/trichloro ; Toxic substances ; Bioaccumulation ; Air pollution sampling ; Water pollution sampling
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EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 560-6-77-029 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 09/05/2012
EJED  EPA 560/6-77-029 OCSPP Chemical Library/Washington,DC 01/01/1988
EKBD  EPA-560/6-77-029 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 05/30/2003
ESAD  EPA 560-6-77-029 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 03/23/2010
NTIS  PB-276 535 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
This report discusses environmental levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) based on a review of the literature and other information sources. The concentration of TCE in the atmosphere of the U.S. ranges from about 1 ppt in remote areas to over 100 in areas near where the substance is manufactured or used. TCE concentrations in sediments range from less than 0.04 ppb to over 100 ppb. Again the high concentrations were found near manufacturing sites, but some of the lowest concentrations were as well. Soil concentrations appear to be no higher near manufacturing sites than in rural areas, though the data are very limited. The concentrations are a few ppb or less. Surface-water concentrations of TCE range from less than 1 ppb (the limit of detection) to several hundred ppb in the vicinity of a manufacturing site. Measured concentrations in U.S. drinking water are less than 1 ppb. The only degradation products of TCE that may exist in the environment in appreciable quantities for any period of time are dichloroacetyl chloride produced by the photodegradation of TCE in the atmosphere and dichloroacetic acid produced by the hydrolysis of dichloroacetyl chloride. There are very few data on the presence of TCE in food raised and sold in the U.S. However, data from the United Kingdom suggest that concentrations of TCE on the order of parts per billion are found in almost all common foodstuffs. There is little evidence to judge whether TCE is accumulating in living systems. Limited data on concentrations in human tissue and in marine organisms show levels on the order of a few parts per billion.
EPA 560/6-77-029. PB 276535. "September 1977." "Contract No. 68-01-1983." Includes bibliographical references (pages 6-1-6-4).