1,2-Dichloroethane is used in Canada primarily as an intermediate in the synthesis of vinyl chloride and, in small quantities, in the manufacture of motor antiknock fluids for export. Most of the 1,2-dichloroethane released to the Canadian environment enters the air, particularly during its production and during the production of vinyl chloride monomer. Other sources of entry include the discharge of effluents from industries that use or produce 1,2-dichloroethane, effluents from the treatment of contaminated groundwater, air emissions and leachates from waste disposal sites, and long-range atmospheric transport from other countries.

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CAS (Chemical Abstract Service) registry number: 107-06-2

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Substances Management Information Line
Chemicals Management Plan
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