Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns

The Pollution in Newborns

July 14, 2005

Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results

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PCN-75 was found in 2 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations of 8.8 and 19.3 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 19.0 to 22.9 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-75 *
CAS RN2234-13-1
Chemical ClassPolychlorinated naphthalene (PCN)
Chemical SubClassOctachlorinated naphthalene
Manufacturing/ Use Statususe/production has been voluntarily discontinued in the U.S.
Trade and product namesArochlors, Cerifal Materials, Halowax 1014, Halowax 1051, N-Oil, Nibren wax, Seekay wax
Chemical functionselectrical insulator, heat resistant lubricant, plasticizer
Usescapacitator dielectrics, dyes, electrical insulation, electroplating masking compounds, engine oil additive, refractive index testing oils, wood preservatives
ManufacturersAmerican 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-75
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
Stomach Or IntestinesKnown Effects
SkinKnown Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for PCN-75
Male Reproductive System, Reproductive System, Cardiovascular System Or Blood

References for Health Effects