- Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a volatile, colorless liquid organic chemical
- it is used primarily to make refrigerants and other hydrofluorocarbons and as a degreasing solvent for metal equipment.
- TCE is also used in some household products, such as cleaning wipes, aerosol cleaning products, tool cleaners, paint removers, spray adhesives, and carpet cleaners and spot removers.
- TCE may be found in the air, water, and soil at places where it is produced or used.
- TCE is a nonflammable, colorless liquid at room temperature.
- TCE has an ether-like odor at high concentrations; at lower levels, there is no odor to warn people that contaminants are in the air.
- TCE evaporates easily into air.
- TCE that has been spilled or dumped on the ground can pollute soil and groundwater. Because TCE moves from water to air easily, it is not usually found in surface soils or in open surface water.
- TCE was used as a surgical anesthetic and inhaled analgesic.