Vinyl Chloride

  • IASbaba
  • February 25, 2023
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Context: Recently Vinyl chloride – the chemical in several of the train cars that derailed and burned in East Palestine, Ohio– can wreak havoc on the human liver.

About Vinyl Chloride:

  • It is a colourless gas that burns easily.
  • It is produced industrially for its commercial uses.
  • It can’t occur naturally.
  • Used primarily to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
  • PVC is a hard plastic resin used to make a variety of plastic products, including pipes, wire and cable coatings, and packaging materials.
  • It spread through inhaling contaminated air, tobacco smoke, drinking contaminated water, etc.
  • Disease burden: rare forms of liver cancer, as well as primary liver cancer brain and lung cancers, lymphoma, and leukemia.

Source:                  The Hindu

Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Bisphenol A (BPA), a cause of concern, is a structural/key component in the manufacture of which of the following kinds of plastics? (2021)

  1. Low-density polyethylene
  2. Polycarbonate
  3. Polyethylene terephthalate
  4. Polyvinyl Chloride

Q.2) “Triclosan” considered harmful when exposed to high levels for a long time, is most likely present in which of the following? (2021)

  1. Food preservatives
  2. Fruit ripening substances
  3. reused plastic containers
  4. Toiletries


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