Ethylene glycol

IUPAC Name: Ethane-1,2-diol

MCL: 14 ppm

Source: Occurs as an environmental transformation product of ethylene oxide. It is synthetically produced for use in antifreeze, hydraulic fluid, and is used as a solvent.

Summary: Ethylene glycol is an organic compound used for its antifreeze and solvent properties. It is used in hydraulic fluids and is also used to make synthetic fibers such as polyester. It may exist in the environment as a transformation product of ethylene oxide undergoing hydrolysis. The compound exists as a liquid at room temperature and has a density of 1.1135 g/mL at 20 C. Ethylene glycol is classified by the EPA as a Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAPs). It exists as a vapor in the atmosphere with a half-life of 2 days. A Koc value of 0.2 indicates very high mobility within soil.

GHS Hazard Statement: H302, H303, H315, H316, H320, H332, H335, H336, H360, H370, H372, H373, GHS07, GHS08