NY.gov Portal State Agency Listing Search all of NY.gov
D E C banner
D E C banner


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has added a link to a translation service developed by Microsoft Inc., entitled Bing Translator, as a convenience to visitors to the DEC website who speak languages other than English.

Additional information can be found at DEC's Language Assistance Page.

Hydrogen Chloride (HCl)

Electra Sparks (Pollutant: Hydrogen Chloride (HCl) Air Villain

Hydrogen Chloride (HCl)

Air Villain: Electra Sparks

Status: At Large

Description: (Compound) Hydrogen chloride is a light yellow gas that has a strong, irritating odor. It easily dissolves in water to form hydrochloric acid.

Crime: HCl gas can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, and respiratory system.

Cause: The majority of HCl released into the air comes from the burning of coal and oil in electric utility plants.