To test your water for 4-Methylcyclohexane methanol please contact a Technical Service Representative at 1-800-458-3330.
The compound involved in the West Virginia chemical spill is used to rid coal of impurities before it is burned to generate power. Chemicals like 4-methylcyclohexane methanol are added to create a frothy, heavy consistency that enhances the process.
The chemical, which smells like licorice, is considered potentially harmful if swallowed or inhaled and can cause eye and skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, diarrhea, itching or rashes.
Little is known about the safety implications for 4-methylcyclohexane methanol because it hasn't been adequately studied.