Vinyl chloride (C2H3Cl)

Other names

chloroethene, chloroethylene, VC, VCM

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  • colourless, highly flammable gas
  • slightly sweet smell
  • product of the anaerobic biological degradation of tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene and cis-/trans-1,2-dichloroethene

Main sources

  • industry and commerce: plastics manufacturing (PVC)

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               1,000 kg/year
  • Water          10 kg/year
  • Soil              10 kg/year


  • carcinogenic
  • toxic
  • narcotic effect

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    Last modification 04.07.2018

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