Agent Name

Mirex

CAS Number

2385-85-5

Formula

C10-Cl12

Major Category

Pesticides

Synonyms

1,1a,2,2,3,3a,4,5,5,5a,5b,6-Dodecachlorooctahydro-1,3,4-metheno-1H-cyclobuta(cd)pentalene; 1,2,3,4,5,5-Hexachloro-1,3-cyclopentadiene dimer; 1,3,4-Metheno-1H-cyclobuta(cd)pentalene, dodecachlorooctahydro-; 1,3-Cyclopentadiene, 1,2,3,4,5,5-hexachloro-, dimer; 1,3-Cyclopentadiene, 1,2,3,4,5,5-hexachloro-, dimer (VAN); Bichlorendo; CG-1283; Cyclopentadiene, hexachloro-, dimer; Dechlorane; Dodecachlorooctahydro-1,3,4-metheno-1H-cyclobuta(cd)pentalene; Dodecachloropentacyclo(3.2.2.0(sup 2,6),0(sup 3,9),0(sup 5,10))decane; Dodecachloropentacyclo(5.2.1.0(2,6).0(3,9).0(5,8))decane; Dodecachloropentacyclodecane; Dodecaclor; ENT 25,719; Ferriamicide; Fire Ant Bait; GC 1283; HRS 1276; HRS l276; Hexachlorocyclopentadiene dimer; Paramex; Pentacyclodecane, dodecachloro-; Perchlordecone; Perchlorodihomocubane; Perchloropentacyclo(5.2.1.0(2,6).0(3,9).0(5,8))decane; Perchloropentacyclo(5.2.1.0(sup 2,6).0(sup 3,9).0(sup 5,8))decane; Perchloropentacyclo(5.3.0.0(2,6).0(3,9).0(4,8))decane; Perchloropentacyclodecane; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Organochlorine Pesticides

Description

Snow-white odorless solid; [Merck Index]

Sources/Uses

Used formerly as fire retardant for plastics, rubber, paint, paper, and electrical products and as insecticide for fire ants; [Merck Index] All US production and uses ceased in the late 1970s; [HSDB]

Comments

High-dose animal studies show that organochlorine insecticides can cause liver injury. [LaDou, p. 593] Causes moderate skin irritation, CNS stimulation, and liver injury; [HSDB]

Restricted

All U.S. registrations cancelled; [EPA Pesticides, p. 56]

Exposure Assessment
Bioaccumulates

Yes

Vapor Pressure

8.0E-7 mm Hg

Reference Link

ATSDR - ToxFAQs - Mirex and Chlordecone

Adverse Effects
Hepatotoxin

Hepatotoxin, Secondary

Other Poison

Organochlorine Pesticide

IARC Carcinogen

Possible Carcinogen

NTP Carcinogen

Anticipated Human Carcinogen

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