Carcinogen ranking hits trichloroethylene

Western European sales of the chlorinated solvent trichlorothylene fell 17% to 52,000 tonnes in 2002, trade association Eurochlor has reported. The main reason was the chemicals' reclassification by the EU as a "probable" rather than a "possible" carcinogen, Eurochlor says. Sales of trichloroethylene and the other main chlorinated solvents methylene chloride and perchloroethylene have been in steady decline for seven years under pressure from environmental and health regulation, and due to more efficient usage (EED 07/06/02). But 2002 saw the largest drop in trichloroethylene sales for a decade. See press release.

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