Lindane (C6H6Cl6)


Other names

Gammahexane, Gammexane

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  • colourless, almost odourless powder
  • is a persistent organic pollutant

Main sources

  • agriculture and forestry: insecticide (wood protection agent)

Thresholds for the reporting requirement of facilities in accordance with Annex 2 PRTRO

(Ordinance on the Register relating to Pollutant Release and the Transfer of Waste and of Pollutants in Waste Water)

  • Air               1 kg/year
  • Water          1 kg/year
  • Soil              1 kg/year


  • suspected carcinogenic effect
  • toxic to humans, animals and aquatic organisms
  • harmful to the central nervous system
  • high degree of bioaccumulation
  • has a long half-life, very persistent in the environment


  • banned since 2002 in the EU
  • included on the list of banned substances by the Stockholm Convention in May 2009

Further information

Last modification 16.12.2016

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