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  •  I hadn't heard of that one, lol. (2+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy, bryfry

    Although, as I have related here before, chlorine figured in the only really significant life-threatening accident we ever had at Argonne-West. A too-helpful employee tried to fill in for the guy who usually changed the chorine bottles on our potable water system and ended up dumping the whole thing to atmosphere during a very calm day. The resulting chorine cloud stayed around for quite a while, resulting in about a dozen and a half folks being hospitalized for observation after they inhaled small amounts of the stuff.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Sun Oct 23, 2011 at 10:39:07 PM PDT

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    •  Chlorinated compounds definitely can be (1+ / 0-)
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      nasty, but OTOH they are ubiquitous in nature, making the following rather silly:

      Greenpeace and its allies argue that chlorine and all organochlorines (i.e. compounds containing chlorine) threaten wildlife and people. They see an outright ban as the quickest and most effective way to improve environmental quality. Further, they claim that a "chlorine-free society" is achievable at modest economic cost. None of these claims are accurate.


      Of course, I believe it was way back in 1994 when Greenpeace proposed banning all chorinated hydrocarbons (not actually chlorine as I earlier stated), so maybe we should cut them some slack since Wikipedia was not yet in existence where they could have learned:


      many organochlorine compounds have been isolated from natural sources ranging from bacteria to humans.[1][2] Chlorinated organic compounds are found in nearly every class of biomolecules including alkaloids, terpenes, amino acids, flavonoids, steroids, and fatty acids.[1][3] Organochlorides, including dioxins, are produced in the high temperature environment of forest fires, and dioxins have been found in the preserved ashes of lightning-ignited fires that predate synthetic dioxins.[4] In addition, a variety of simple chlorinated hydrocarbons including dichloromethane, chloroform, and carbon tetrachloride have been isolated from marine algae.[5] A majority of the chloromethane in the environment is produced naturally by biological decomposition, forest fires, and volcanoes.[6] The natural organochloride epibatidine, an alkaloid isolated from tree frogs, has potent analgesic effects and has stimulated research into new pain medication.

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