Slowly Dechlorinated Organic Chloramines

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Science  19 Feb 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4535, pp. 967-968
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4535.967


Dechlorination of some organic chloramines with aqueous sulfite solutions does not take place instantaneously as previously assumed. Field dechlorination times on the order of hours for some compounds that are found in chlorinated effluents appear likely on the basis of laboratory studies. These chlorinated compounds are not detected by standard analytical methods in the presence of sulfite ion.