Agent Name

Potassium metaborate

CAS Number

13709-94-9

Formula

B-H-O2.K

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Potassium borate (KBO2); Boric acid (HBO2), potassium salt; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Metalloid compounds (Boron)

Description

White solid; [HSDB]

Sources/Uses

Used to maintain viscosity in hydraulic fracturing fluids; [HSDB]

Comments

A strong eye irritant; Suspected of being toxic to fertility or the developing child; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS] See "Sodium metaborate."

Adverse Effects
Hepatotoxin

Hepatotoxin, Secondary

Nephrotoxin

Yes

Reproductive Toxin

Yes

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