History of TCE

  • Richard E. Doherty
Part of the Molecular and Integrative Toxicology book series (MOLECUL)


The use of trichloroethylene (TCE) spans a period beginning in the early twentieth century and continuing to the present day. Although the largest use of TCE in terms of volume was in the degreasing of metals, it was also used in dry cleaning, textile processing, food processing, medical applications, chemical production, and a variety of consumer products. The use and production of TCE evolved significantly over time in response to market conditions, historical events, economic climate, technology development, environmental regulations, toxicity concerns, and the availability of competing products. The spillage and disposal of TCE resulted in the contamination of countless groundwater supply wells, the cleanup of which will likely continue for decades to come.


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  1. 1.Engineering & Consulting Resources, Inc.ActonUSA

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