Toward Sustainable Chemistry

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Science  05 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5501, pp. 48-49
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5501.48

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  • Dioxins, Chlorine, and Other Chemistry
    • , Process Automation Engineer
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    Joe Thornton has given a large response to my remarks. But nearly all remarks made about chlorine chemistry can also be made about carbon chemistry and/or nitrogen chemistry.

    About the relative toxicity of BaP to dioxin TEQ, I received an answer from Dr J. Savouret, who researched both (1): "In fact, the difference is not so big. Except the C57BL mice, which display a 6.5 pM Kd for dioxin, most strains of rat an...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • For Sustainability and Health, a Phase-out of Chlorine Chemistry
    • , Research Scientist
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    In his Essay on the need for fundamental changes in the chemical industry (1), Terry Collins observes that organochlorines (the products and by-products of the use of chlorine in chemical manufacturing and other industries) account for a large portion of the persistent bioaccumulative toxicants that now contaminate the global environment. Indeed, not only do organochlorines comprise the United Nations Environmental...

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  • The Green Element and Green Chemistry
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    As worker in the chlorine/PVC industry with a chemistry background, I have some remarks on the Terry Collins' essay. I do support many of the ideas put forward by Collins toward a sustainable future. But as he points out, it is critical that chemistry that is not really "green" (sustainable) does not get sold as such.

    Chemistry is not "green" by definition, if in a reaction the only green element not used is chlor...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.

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