Environmental Enlightenment #110

By Ami Adini - Reissued November 5, 2015

This is a SHORT, LIGHT and SIMPLE newsletter. Its purpose is to rekindle in the initiated terminology they have once learned, and enlighten the uninitiated on terms they may have heard but never known the meaning of.

What is PCE?

Historically, various industrial and dry cleaning operations involved extensive uses of the solvent called PCE.

PCE is also known as: Perchloroethylene; Perc, Tetrachloroethylene, carbon dichloride, ethylene tetrachloride, Perclene, and tetrachloroethene


By far the most significant exposure to PCE occurred in industrial environment.

The major uses of PCE were in:

Textile and Dry Cleaning Industries (69%)

Metal Cleaning

Chemical Intermediate

PCE enters the body by:


Skin Absorption


Skin/Eye Contact

These are called “routes of entry.”

Points of attack are:


Upper Respiratory System

Central Nervous System

The Liver


Acute exposure may cause central nervous system depression, hepatic injury, and anesthetic death.

PCE is a carcinogen and an EPA Priority Toxic Pollutant.

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Call me if you have any questions. There are no obligations.

Ami Adini
Ami Adini & Associates, Inc.
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Ami Adini is a mechanical engineer, California Registered Environmental Assessor, Level II (Exp.), and president of AMI ADINI & ASSOCIATES, INC. (AA&A), an environmental consulting firm specializing in all phases of environmental site assessments and rehabilitation of contaminated sites. AA&A specializes in practical solutions to environmental concerns using the highest standards of ethics and integrity while providing its clients with maximum return on their investments.