Chlordane is a man made chemical that was used as a pesticide in the United States from 1948 to 1988, although its use is now restricted in the United States to fire ant control in power transformers. Chlordane is not a single chemical, but is a mixture of many related chemicals, of which about ten are major components. Some of the major components are trans-chlordane, cis-chlordane, beta-chlordene, heptachlor, and trans-nonachlor. Chlordane does not dissolve in water. It is sometimes referred to by the trade names Octachlor® and Velsicol 1068®.
What Is The Health Impact Of Drinking Water With Chlordane?
According to the EPA, people who drink water containing chlordane well in excess of the maximum contaminant level [0.002 milligrams per Liter] for many years could experience liver or nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer.
Most health effects in humans that may be linked to chlordane exposure are on the nervous system, the digestive system, and the liver. These effects were seen mostly in people who swallowed chlordane mixtures. Large amounts of chlordane taken by mouth can cause convulsions and death. Convulsions occurred in a man who had long-term skin contact with soil containing large amounts of chlordane. Swallowing small amounts or breathing air containing high concentrations of chlordane vapors can cause a variety of nervous system effects, including headaches, irritation, confusion, weakness, and vision problems, as well as upset stomach, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and jaundice. Animals given high levels of chlordane by mouth for short periods of time died or had convulsions. Long term exposure of animals to chlordane in their food caused harmful effects in the liver.
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Epic Pure Water Filter Pitcher: >99.8%
Epic Nano Water Filter Pitcher: >99.8%
Epic Outdoor Water Bottle Filter: >99.8%