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Pauline L BS: Sky report from Washington DC (42) RE: BS: Sky report from Washinton DC 28 Jul 06

Here is some information I gathered from HSDB (Hazardous Substance Database), a widely used and respected scientific database. I contributed a little bit to it, but that doesn't bias me.    :-)

Ethylene dibromide was widely used as a soil and post-harvest fumigant until the mid 1980s, when EPA cancelled approval for this use because of concerns about oncogenicity, mutagenicity, and reproductive effects. (It must be really bad if EPA did something about it.) It is classified as a probable human carcinogen and a known animal carcinogen. It is still used as a crop or soil fumigant in other countries, notably India, where its use is controversial. Its current primary legal use in the US is as an exhaust system scavenger in gasolines containing lead antiknocks. Other legal uses in the US are in the manufacturing of dyes, pharmaceuticals, polymers, and other chemicals and as a general solvent for resins, waxes, gums, and dyes.

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