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This is the first book to examine comprehensively the chlorine industry and its effects on the environment. It covers not only the history of chlorine production, but also looks at its products, their effects on the global environment, and the international legislation which controls their use, release, and disposal. Individual chapters are dedicated to subjects such as releases of organochlorines into the environment, and the environmental impact of ozone depletion, providing simple explanations of these complex issues. These are backed up with case studies of landmark events in the history of the chlorine industry - for example the Seveso explosion or the Yusho and Yu-Cheng mass poisonings. With a clear, concise text and numerous compilations of critical data, this book will prove an invaluable source reference for environmental scientists, students, and policy makers with an interest in this subject.
1. Industrial Chlorine Manufacture. 2. Chlorine End Use Processes. 3. Water Disinfection and Metallurgy. 4. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). 5. Pulp and Paper Production. 6. Environmental Releases of Organic Chlorine Compounds. 7. Environmental Behaviour of Chlorinated Compounds. 8. Effects of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons. 9. Ozone Depletion. 10. Chlorinated Pesticides. 11. PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls). 12. Polychlorinated Dibenzo-P-Dioxins, Dibenzofurans and Related Compounds. 13. Selected Persistent Organochlorines. 14. International Legal Instruments. 15. The Future for the Chlorine Industry. Appendices. Glossary. Abbreviations. Index.