New Jersey Report Warned of Kidney and Liver Damage from Methylcyclohexane

Updated 4 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

A New Jersey right to know document warns about the danger from the chemical Methylcyclohexane.  A chemical compound with additional components , 4-Methylcyclohexane menthol leaked into the Elk River in Charleston, WV and contaminated drinking water. According to  Wikipedia, the chemical that leaked into the Elk River has been used since 1908 and its original patent owners let it expire for failure to pay fees.

Both chemicals have a similar description --- a colorless oil with a faint mint-like alcohol odor versus a faint benzene odor (Methylcyclohexane).

The New Jersey 2004 data related to Methylcyclohexane. In its Q and A section , the document states:

Q: Is the risk of getting sick higher for workers than for community residents?


A: Yes. Exposures in the community, except possibly in cases of fires or spills, are usually much lower than those found in the workplace. However, people in the community may be exposed to contaminated water as well
as to chemicals in the air over long periods. This may be a problem for children or people who are already ill.

The information comes from a previously available New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Right to Know Program. A PDF is available for download.

Long Term Effects Methylcyclohexane

Internal precautions in the event of overexposure to Methylcyclohexaneare are liver and kidney function tests, as long term exposure may effect the kidneys and liver.

Acute Health Effects  Methylcyclohexane

The following acute (short-term) health effects may occur immediately or shortly after exposure to Methylcyclohexane:

* Breathing Methylcyclohexane can irritate the nose and
* Exposure to Methylcyclohexane can cause you to feel
dizzy and lightheaded. Unconsciousness and death may
occur at higher exposures

CNN Symptoms MCHM

When Eastman Chemical was identified as the manuacturer of MCHM, CNN posted the following:

People can be exposed to this chemical by:

-- Inhalation

-- Ingestion

-- Skin and/or eye contact


- Dizziness

- Vomiting

- Nausea

-- Headaches

-- Diarrhea

-- Red or irritated skin

-- Itching

-- Rashes

The New Jersey document stated the following


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