Chlordecone

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Description

A chlorinated hydrocarbon formerly used as an insecticide and fungicide. Kepone pellets, a commercial product containing 0.125% chlordecone, was introduced in 1961 for cockroach control. The use of chlordecone has been banned in the U.S since 1977.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Kepone; decachlorooctahydro-1,3,4-metheno-2H-cyclobutapentalene-2-one

Other Properties

Soluble in acetic acid, alcohols, ketones. Slightly soluble in water.

Composition C10Cl10O
CAS 143-50-0
Melting Point 350 (dec)
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 490.64

Hazards and Safety

Human carcinogen. Toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin absorption.

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