Pollutant Information: Pentachlorophenol
Category: Air pollutants
Pentachlorophenol (PCP) was used as a biocide in the timber and textile industries in the UK as it was effective in destroying insect eggs. Its use is now strictly limited by UK law. Pentachlorophenol is associated with both acute and chronic effects on human health through inhalation. Acute effects can lead to eye irritation as well as liver, blood and neurological effects. Chronic exposure can result in effects on the respiratory tract, immune system, liver, kidneys, blood as well as the eyes and nose. Practically all of the UK emission of PCP is from wood that has been previously treated with PCP, since emissions continue to occur over many years as that PCP is slowly volatilized. This source accounts for 99.99% of the 2020 total PCP emission.
Time series graph
|Start year||End year||Sector||Information||Impact|
|1990||2018||Wood processing||Reduction in the use of PCP for wood preservation||Decrease in emissions|