Chlorinated Paraffins: Still Dangerous Despite Ban
The production of liquid short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) was banned back in 1995. Since they are not water soluble, instead they form micro-droplets and accumulate in organic material. This bioaccumulation can also occur inside the human body, and chlorinated paraffins are considered carcinogenic. Even though they are no longer used, they can still pose problems during demolition work many years later. The EU has classified SCCPs as strongly toxic to aquatic environments.