A manufactured intermediate chemical mainly used to produce glycerol and unmodified epoxy resins, and also plasticizers, pharmaceutical products, lubricants and adhesives. It can be introduced into the water supply due to its improper handling and disposal by industrial chemical plants, as well as appear as an impurity from water treatment chemicals. High-dose exposure can cause skin irritation and damage to liver, kidneys and central nervous system. Longer periods of exposure can lead to stomach, eye and skin irritation, chromosome aberrations, changes in blood, and has even been proven to increase the risk of cancer.

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