Toxic substances list: 2-butoxyethanol

2-Butoxyethanol is not currently produced in Canada. It is imported for use mainly as a component of formulations, as part of consumer products or manufactured articles, and as a chemical processing aid. Based on the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI), most reported environmental releases are to the atmosphere, with some minor releases to water.

CAS (Chemical Abstract Service) registry number: 111-76-2

For more information on this substance, please see the 2-butoxyethanol factsheet.

Risk assessment


This substance is entering the environment from the following source(s):

Risk Management Strategy

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Consultation (past) on the substance:

Performance evaluation

Environment and Climate Change Canada has evaluated the performance of the 2-Butoxyethanol Regulations (the Regulations) to determine if they are effective in protecting human health from products containing 2-butoxyethanol (2-BE). A summary of the study commissioned in 2020 to help with this evaluation can be found below:


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