What is Hexachlorobutadiene?
Hexachlorobutadiene is a colorless liquid with a turpentine-like odor. It is also calledperchloro butadiene. Hexachlorobutadiene is not found naturally in the environment. It is formed when other chemicals are made.
Hexachlorobutadiene is used mainly as an intermediate in the manufacture of rubber compounds. It is also used in the production of lubricants, as a fluid for gyroscopes, as a heat transfer liquid, and in hydraulic fluids.
Sources & Potential Exposure
Hexachlorobutadiene is used mainly as an intermediate in the manufacture of rubber compounds. No information is available on the health effects of hexachlorobutadiene in humans. Animal studies have reported effects on the kidney and respiratory system from acute inhalation exposure, and effects on the kidney from chronic oral exposure to hexachlorobutadiene. Animal studies have not reported developmental or reproductive effects, other than a reduction in fetal body weights, from inhalation exposure to hexachlorobutadiene. One study reported kidney tumors in rats exposed to hexachlorobutadiene orally. Persons working in industries where hexachlorobutadiene is formed or used may be exposed to the chemical.
EPA has classified hexachlorobutadiene as a Group C, possible human carcinogen.