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Revised June 1996


Trade and Other Names: In addition to chlordane, common names have included chlordan and clordano. Trade names include Belt, Chlor Kil, Chlortox, Corodane, Gold Crest C-100, Kilex Lindane, Kypchlor, Niran, Octachlor, Synklor, Termex, Topiclor 20, Toxichlor, and Velsicol 1068.

Regulatory Status: Because of concern about the risk of cancer, use of chlordane was canceled in April, 1988. Between 1983 and 1988 the only permitted use for chlordane was for control of subterranean termites. Chlordane is no longer distributed in the U.S. The only commercial use still permitted is for fire ant control in power transformers. It was classified toxicity class II - moderately toxic. Products containing chlordane bear the Signal Word WARNING.

Chemical Class: organochlorine

Introduction: Chlordane is a persistent organochlorine insecticide. It kills insects when ingested and on contact. Formulations include dusts, emulsifiable concentrates, granules, oil solutions, and wettable powders.

Formulation: Formulations include dusts, emulsifiable concentrates, granules, oil solutions, and wettable powders.

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Basic Manufacturer:

Velsicol Chemical Corporation
10400 W. Higgins Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119


References for the information in this PIP can be found in Reference List Number 6

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