What is PCE?

Apr 26, 2018

Environmental Enlightenment #110

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

PCE is also called Perchloroethylene; Perc, Tetrachloroethylene, carbon dichloride, ethylene tetrachloride, Perclene, and tetrachloroethene.

The major uses of PCE were in:

Dry Cleaning & Textiles (69%)

Metal Cleaning (16%)

Chemical Intermediate (12%).

PCE enters the body by any of the following. These are called “routes of entry.”


Skin Absorption


Skin/Eye Contact

Points of attack are:

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


Upper Respiratory System

Central Nervous System

The Liver


PCE is a carcinogen and an EPA Priority Toxic Pollutant.


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