Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results
PCN-2 was found in 10 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 3.2 to 84.0 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 10.0 to 40.8 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).
PCNs are toxic and persistent. They bioaccumulate in people and are stored in fatty tissues. The toxic effects of chemicals are similar to dioxin.
|About PCN-2 *|
|Chemical Class||Polychlorinated naphthalene (PCN)|
|Chemical SubClass||Monochlorinated naphthalene|
|Manufacturing/ Use Status||use/production has been voluntarily discontinued in the U.S.|
|Trade and product names||Arochlors, Cerifal Materials, Halowax 1014, Halowax 1051, N-Oil, Nibren wax, Seekay wax|
|Chemical functions||electrical insulator, heat resistant lubricant, plasticizer|
|Uses||capacitator dielectrics, dyes, electrical insulation, electroplating masking compounds, engine oil additive, refractive index testing oils, wood preservatives|
|Manufacturers||American Capacitator Corporation, Cainippon Link and Chemical Inc., Clariant International, Cooper Power, Engelhard Corporation, ESL Electro-Science, Evox Rifra, Johanson Dielectrics, National Semiconductor|
* Information may include trade names, manufacturers, and products for other chemicals in the Polychlorinated naphthalene (PCN) class.
|Priority Health Concerns for PCN-2|
|Health Concern or Target Organ||Weight of Evidence|
|Stomach Or Intestines||Known Effects|
|Suspected Health Concerns for PCN-2|
|Cardiovascular System Or Blood, Reproductive System, Male Reproductive System|