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Assessing and Managing Chemicals under TSCA

Risk Evaluation for Perchloroethylene

Perchloroethylene (also known as ethene, 1,1,2,2-tetrachloro, tetrachloroethylene and PCE) is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that is used as a solvent in a wide range of industrial, commercial and consumer applications. The primary use for perchloroethylene is to produce fluorinated compounds, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), as a solvent in dry cleaning, and vapor degreasing solvents. Other uses include in a variety of commercial and/or consumer products such as automotive care products, cleaning and furniture care products, lubricants and greases, adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings.

Scope of Perchloroethylene Risk Evaluation under Amended TSCA

This scope document includes the hazards, exposures, conditions of use, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations EPA expects to consider in its risk evaluation of perchloroethylene conducted pursuant to TSCA Section 6(b)(4). EPA will publish and take public comment on a Problem Formulation document for perchloroethylene which will refine the current scope, as an additional interim step, prior to publication the draft risk evaluation. This problem formulation is expected to be released within approximately six months of publication of the scope documents.