1,2-Dichloroethane is a colorless, oily, organic liquid with a sweet, chloroform-like odor. The greatest use of 1,2-dichloroethane is in making chemicals involved in plastics, rubber and synthetic textile fibers. Other uses include: as a solvent for resins and fats, photography, photocopying, cosmetics, drugs, and as a fumigant for grains and orchards. The major source of 1,2-dichloroethane in drinking water is discharge from industrial chemical factories.
Some people who drink water containing 1,2-dichloroethane well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
MCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
1,2-Dichloroethane levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL).
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
1,2-Dichloroethane levels were detected in your water sample but do not exceed the maximum contaminant level.
- USEPA - Water: Basic Information about Regulated Drinking Water Contaminants - Basic Information about 1,2-Dichloroethane in Drinking Water
- ATSDR - Toxic Substances Portal - 1,2-Dichloroethane
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality - Organic Contaminants
- ATSDR ToxFAQs Fact Sheet - 1,2-Dichloroethane