is used as a pesticide and
fumigant for grains and fruit, a solvent for resins,
gums and waxes, in water-proofing preparations, in anti-knock
gasoline mixtures, in dye making, in making drugs. It is
a colorless, heavy organic liquid with a mildly sweet
EDB still in use?
removed from use as a soil fumigant in the United
States in 1983. It is still used in other applications.
what other names is EDB known?
and trade names for Ethylene Dibromide include: EDB,
glycol dibromide, Bromofume, Dowfume W 85,
Aadibroom, Iscobrome-D, Nefis, Pestmaster, EDB-85,
Soilbrom, Soilfume, Kopfume, 1,2 -dibromoethane and
is EDB being regulated?
1974, the US Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act.
This law requires EPA to determine safe levels of
chemicals in drinking water, which do or may cause
are the potential health effects?
Damage to the liver, stomach, and adrenal glands along
with significant reproductive system toxicity,
particularly the testes.
Damage to the respiratory system, nervous
system, liver, heart, and kidneys; cancer.
EDB hurt animals?
known to cause reproductive problems in animals, and is
an animal carcinogen. It is not known if animals
are at the same risk as humans, due to differences
in consumption, life-span, weight, and metabolism.
shallow wells are contaminated with EDB. The known areas
of contamination are quite limited and tend to be
near former application sites.