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DDE - Identification, toxicity, use, water pollution potential, ecological toxicity and regulatory information

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Identifying information, including synonyms, ID numbers, use type, chemical classification, a link to a list of all products containing this chemical and a list of the top crops this pesticide is used on in California.
Signs and symptoms of poisoning, first aid, and links to treatment information for this chemical.
Link to information on toxicity to humans, including carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and acute toxicity.
Links to world-wide registration status as well as regulatory information for the U.S. and California.
Water quality standards and physical properties affecting water contamination potential.
Toxicity to aquatic organisms.
List of chemicals in the same family, including breakdown products, salts, esters, isomers, and other derivatives.
 

Chemical Identification and Use for DDE

Basic Identification Information About This Chemical
Chemical Name: DDE
CAS Number: 72-55-9 (p,p'-DDE)
3424-82-6 (o,p'-DDE)
U.S. EPA PC Code:
CA DPR Chem Code: 2092
Molecular Weight: 318.03
Molecular Structure:
Use Type: Breakdown product
Chem Class: Organochlorine
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Additional Resources About This Chemical Class and Use Type

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Other Names for this Chemical
About Chemical Synonyms
02092 (CA DPR Chem Code Text) , 02092 (CA DPR Chem Code) , 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis (p-chlorophenyl) eth , 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethylene , 2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)-1,1-dichloroethylene2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-1,1-dichloroethene , 2092 (CA DPR Chem Code) , 2092 (CA DPR Chem Code) , 300 (PDP Code) , 3424-82-6 (CAS number) , 3424826 (CAS number without hyphens) , 4,4'-DDE , 72-55-9 (CAS number) , 72559 (CAS number without hyphens) , 910 (PDP Code) , DDE , DDE , DDE (1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl) ethylene) , DDE (Dichlorodiphenyl-dichloroethylene) , DDE (Dichlorodiphenyl-dichloroethylene) , DDE (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene) , DDE p,p' , DDT breakdown product , DDT dehydrochloride , Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene , p,p'-dichlorodiphenyl dichloroethylene , p,p'-Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene , p,p-DDE
 
Products Containing This Chemical
Current and historic U.S. registered products
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Signs and Symptoms of DDE Poisoning

NOTE! There may be other diseases and chemicals that have similar symptoms.

If you have a poisoning emergency in the United States call 1-800-222-1222.
If the victim has collapsed or is unconscious, call 911.

DDE is a Organochlorine compound.

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Symptoms of Poisoning with Organochlorine Compounds
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- Hypersensitive to stimulation, sensation of prickling, tingling or creeping on skin.
- Headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incoordination, tremor, mental confusion, hyperexcitable state.
- In severe cases: convulsions, seizures, coma and respiratory depression.

Source for Group Symptoms: Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisoning, 5th edition, U.S. EPA, Chapter 6.

Treatment for Organochlorine Poisoning

See: Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisoning, 5th edition, U.S. EPA, Chapter 6, page 58.

 
 

Toxicity Information for DDE

  Note: Information for many chemicals is incomplete and may not be fully representative of effects on humans. Why?

Summary Toxicity Information

PAN Bad Actor
Chemical
1
Acute
Toxicity
2
Carcinogen Cholinesterase
Inhibitor
Ground
Water Contaminant
Developmental or
Reproductive Toxin
Endocrine
Disruptor
Slight
No
Suspected
 
Indicates high toxicity in the given toxicological category. Indicates no available weight-of-the-evidence summary assessment. For additional information on toxicity from scientific journals or registration documents, see the "Additional Resources for Toxicity " section of the chemical detail page.
1. PAN Bad Actors are chemicals that are one or more of the following: highly acutely toxic, cholinesterase inhibitor, known/probable carcinogen, known groundwater pollutant or known reproductive or developmental toxicant. NOTE! Because there are no authoritative lists of Endocrine Disrupting (ED) chemicals, EDs are not yet considered PAN Bad Actor chemicals.
2. The acute toxicity reported on this page is of the pure chemical ingredient only and may not reflect the acute toxicity of individual pesticide products. To view acute toxicity of individual products, click on 'View Products' link in the 'Chemical Identification' section above.

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Detailed Toxicity Information

This Chemical
Parent Chemical 
Acute Toxicity 2
DDE DDT, p,p
WHO Acute Hazard
TRI Acute Hazard
Material Safety Data Sheets
Acute rating from U.S. EPA product label
U.S. NTP Acute Toxicity Studies
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Cholinesterase Inhibitor
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Available
No Consensus Value
Slightly Toxic

No
II, Moderately Hazardous
Not Listed
Not Available
Slightly Toxic
Moderately Toxic

No
2. The acute toxicity reported on this page is of the pure chemical ingredient only and may not reflect the acute toxicity of individual pesticide products. To view acute toxicity of individual products, click on 'View Products' link in the 'Chemical Identification' section above.
 
Cancer Information
DDE DDT, p,p
IARC Carcinogens
U.S. NTP Carcinogens
California Prop 65 Known Carcinogens
U.S. EPA Carcinogens
TRI Carcinogen
Not Listed
Not Listed
Yes
B2, Probable
Not Listed
2B, Possible
Reasonably Anticipated
Yes
B2, Probable
Not Listed
 
Endocrine Disruption
DDE DDT, p,p
Illinois EPA list
Keith list
Colborn list
Benbrook list
Danish Inert list
EU list
Known
Yes
Yes
Not Listed
Not listed
Yes
Known
Yes
Yes
Not Listed
Not listed
Yes
 
Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity
DDE DDT, p,p
CA Prop 65 Developmental Toxin
U.S. TRI Developmental Toxin
CA Prop 65 Female Reproductive Toxin
CA Prop 65 Male Reproductive Toxin
U.S. TRI Reproductive Toxin
Yes
Not Listed
Not Listed
Yes
Not Listed
Yes
Not Listed
Yes
Yes
Not Listed
 
Chemicals of Special Concern
DDE DDT, p,p
PAN Bad Actors
PAN Dirty Dozen list
Yes
Yes*
Yes
Yes
 

Water Pollution Potential and Criteria for DDE

Water Pollution Potential

This Chemical
Parent Chemical
  DDE DDT, p,p
PAN Ground Water Contaminant Rating Insufficient Data Insufficient Data
 

Water Standards and Criteria

This Chemical
Parent Chemical
U.S. National Water Quality Criteria
g/L unless noted  
  DDE DDT, p,p
Fresh Water Quality Criteria Continuous Exposure  
Fresh Water Quality Criteria Maximum Peak  
Salt Water Quality Criteria Continuous Exposure
Salt Water Quality Criteria Max
Human Consumption of Organisms from Water Source 0.0002 Notes: b,c
Human Consumption of Water and Organisms from Water Source 0.0002 Notes: b,c
Taste and Odor Criteria
 

Regulatory Information for DDE

International Regulatory Status

This Chemical
Parent Chemical 
Registration in Selected Countries Registration in Selected Countries:
DDE

Registration for Selected Countries:
DDT, p,p

 
UNEP Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP)
UNEP Prior Informed Consent Chemical (PIC)
WHO Obsolete Pesticide
Yes*

Not Listed
Yes
Yes
Not Listed
 

U.S. and California Regulatory Status

U.S. EPA Registered
U.S. EPA Hazardous Air Pollutant
U.S. EPA Minimum Risk Pesticide (25b list)

CA Registered
CA Groundwater Contaminant
CA Toxic Air Contaminant
No
Yes
No

No
Not Listed
HAPTAC, Indus
No
Not Listed
No

No
Not Listed
Not Listed
 

Maximum Tolerance and Residue Levels

Codex Alimentarius
   (UN FAO Maximum Residue Limits)
U.S. Maximum Tolerance Levels
European Union Maximum Residue Levels
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Ecotoxicity for DDE

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Aquatic Ecotoxicity

All Toxic Effects for Organism Group
Organism Group Effects Noted
Amphibians Cell(s), Morphology, Population
Annelida Mortality
AquaticPlants Accumulation
Crustaceans Accumulation, Mortality, No Effect Coded
Fish Accumulation, Behavior, Biochemistry, Development, Enzyme(s), Growth, Histology, Morphology, Mortality, No Effect Coded, Physiology, Population, Reproduction
Fish Behavior, Biochemistry, Enzyme(s), Physiology
Insects Accumulation, Growth, Intoxication, Mortality
Molluscs Accumulation, Enzyme(s), Morphology, Physiology
NematodesandFlatworms Mortality, Physiology
Phytoplankton Accumulation, Physiology, Population
Zooplankton Accumulation, Biochemistry, Growth, Intoxication, Mortality, Population, Reproduction
~ Un-Assigned Accumulation, Hormone(s), Mortality
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Summary of Acute Toxicity for Organism Group
Organism Group Average Acute Toxicity Acute Toxicity Range
Annelida Very Highly Toxic Very Highly Toxic
Fish Highly Toxic High to Very High Toxicity
Insects Very Highly Toxic Very Highly Toxic
NematodesandFlatworms Moderately Toxic Moderate Toxicity
Zooplankton Slightly Toxic Not Acutely Toxic to Very High Toxicity
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Terrestrial Ecotoxicity

Summary of Acute Toxicity for Organism Group

Sorry, no honeybee acute toxicity data available for this chemical. Try related chemicals.

Note: Population-level effects on honeybees may occur even if a pesticide has low acute toxicity. For example, certain pesticides interfere with honeybee reproduction, ability to navigate, or temperature regulation, any of which can have an effect on long-term survival of honeybee colonies. The neonicotinoids, pyrethroids and keto-enol pesticides are some types of pesticides causing one or more of these effects.
Honeybee Chronic Toxicity

Sorry, no honeybee chronic toxicity data available for this chemical. Try related chemicals.

Related Chemicals for DDE

CAS Number Relation Reason Chemical Name Chem Detail Registration Symptoms California Use Chem Use Type U.S. EPA Reg PAN Bad Actor
50-29-3 Parent P DDT, p,p View View View View Insecticide No Yes
Related 3 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis-(4-ethyl-phenyl) ethane View View View View No Not Listed
Related 5a DDD, o,p View View View View Breakdown product No Not Listed
Related 5a,8 DDD, other related View View View View Breakdown product No Not Listed
72-54-8, 53-19-0 Related 5a DDD, p,p' View View View View Insecticide, Breakdown product No Yes
72-55-9, 3424-82-6 Related 5a DDE View View View View Breakdown product No Yes
Related 5a DDE, o,p View View View View Breakdown product No Not Listed
789-02-6 Related 5a DDT, o,p View View View View Insecticide No Yes
 
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