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About Lindane

What is Lindane?

Lindane is an organochlorine chemical used in the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries to control insects and pests. The organic compound is a crystalline solid with white color and slight musty odor. It is insoluble in water and volatile in the air.

What Types of Industrial Uses Does it Have?

Before the restriction of lindane in the United States in 1983 due to its high toxicity, the organochlorine chemical is used for the treatment of seeds and control of beetles living in woods. The insecticide has been used in the treatment of food crops. It is also used in forestry products. Lindane is a chemical compound used to control fleas in pets and livestock.

How Does Lindane Get into Your Drinking Water?

The common cause of lindane getting into your drinking water is runoff from agricultural sites relying on the organic compound for the treatment of food crops and livestock. Lindane may leach from the insecticide and get into water systems.

What are the Health Risks Associated with Lindane?

Long-term exposure to lindane in drinking water may lead to higher chances of experiencing problems with kidney or liver.

How Common is Lindane in Water?

The chemical compound is only common in water systems near the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries.

What is the EPA’s Standards for Lindane in Drinking Water?

Lindane higher than the EPA’s MCLG of 0.0002 mg/L or 200 ppt must be removed to avoid its health risks.

What is the Best Reduction Media for Removing Lindane from Drinking Water?

Granular activated carbon in water filter systems like AquaOx’s whole house water filter system can reduce the contaminant to below 0.0002 mg/L or 200 ppt. You can safeguard your family’s health by setting up a reliable water treatment system at home. Call us now and get yours today so you can keep your loved ones safe at all times!

Chemical Names:Lindane; Beta-HCH; Gamma-HCH; Hexachlorane; Alpha-HCH; Gamma-BHC
Molecular Formula:C6H6Cl6 or ClCH(CHCl)4CHCl
Molecular Weight:290.814 g/mol
Drug Information:Drug Indication  Therapeutic Uses  FDA Orange Book  FDA UNII
Safety Summary:Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS)

Lindane is the gamma-isomer of benzene hexachloride, a colorless to white colored, synthetic, crystalline solid with a slight musty odor that emits toxic fumes of hydrochloric acid and other chlorinated compounds when heated to decomposition. Lindane is used as an insecticide for hardwood logs, lumber, and crops. Lindane also has topical pediculicide and scabicide activities probably due to its neurotoxic effects. Inhalation exposure to this substance causes severe irritation of the nose and throat, causes anemia, and affects the liver, nervous, cardiovascular, and immune system. Lindane is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.
Source: NCIt
Record Name: Lindane
Description: NCI Thesaurus (NCIt) provides reference terminology for many systems. It covers vocabulary for clinical care, translational and basic research, and public information and administrative activities.

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