Ethylene oxide

Domestic production of ethylene oxide in 1996 was 625 kilotonnes, 95% of which was used in the manufacture of ethylene glycol. An estimated 4% was used in the manufacture of surfactants. Ethylene oxide is also used as a sterilant for health care materials and other heat-sensitive products. Anthropogenic sources, released an estimated 47 tonnes, all to the atmosphere, in 2000. Of this total, 29 tonnes were released from sterilization applications and 18 tonnes by the chemical industry.

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CAS (Chemical Abstract Service) registry number: 75-21-8


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Chemicals Management Division
Environment Canada
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Gatineau, Quebec
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