HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Experts debate benefits, dangers of chlorine in C&EN point-counterpoint

Get a group of scientists together and mention the word "chlorine" and watch the sparks start to fly. That's exactly what happened at a forum on a different, but related, topic of sustainability, sponsored by the news magazine Chemical & Engineering News, a publication of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

As a result of a "vigorous and provocative debate" about chlorine at that forum, the magazine's editors asked two leading experts in the field of chlorine chemistry - Terrence Collins, professor of chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, and C.T. (Kip) Howlett Jr., executive director of the Chlorine Chemistry Council and vice president of the American Chemistry Council - each representing opposing viewpoints, to participate in a special "point-counterpoint" exchange, which appears in the magazine's Oct. 18 issue.

Collins charges that the dangers of chlorine are not being adequately addressed by industry or academe. He says alternatives to chlorine and chlorine processes must be pursued. Howlett contends that industry is, in fact, succeeding in lessening the impact of chlorine on the environment. He cites numerous positive contributions that chlorine has made to society.

Some highlights of the exchange:

  • Howlett point: "Products and services that result in 45 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product are rooted in chlorine chemistry. In addition to water disinfectants and pharmaceuticals, chlorine is critical to 25 percent of all medical plastics, 70 percent of all disposable medical applications, and 95 percent of crop protection chemicals; it also plays a significant role in the production of soaps and detergents, aluminum, and pulp and paper. The chlor-alkali sector is a solid job producer in the U.S. with a payroll of more than $360 million and more than 37,000 jobs."

  • Collins counterpoint: "The Chlorine Chemistry Council public relations initiativ
    '"/>


Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society
18-Oct-2004


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Experts to discuss new advances in IBS therapy and its affect on IBS sufferers
2. Experts to discuss emerging technologies in GI diagnosis and treatment
3. Experts to discuss the affects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
4. Experts present new research on the hot topics of aging at GSAs Annual Meeting
5. Experts welcome major reforms to the coroners service
6. Experts meet to challenge approaches of testing and developing cancer treatments
7. Experts highlight cardiovascular and drug interaction risks in elderly patients
8. Experts gathering to discuss tapping into $40-$50 billion natural products market
9. Experts recommend increased funding, focus on resuscitation science
10. Experts announce global antimicrobial resistance initiative - World preview of the Global White Paper on bacterial resistance in respiratory tract infections - a call for concerted international action
11. Heart Experts Call For Action Against Missed Opportunities To Prevent Heart Disease In Women

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/3/2020)... KY (PRWEB) , ... September 03, 2020 , ... ... living with memory impairment, has announced the Best Memory Care Facilities in Louisville, ... experts, facility features and amenities. , According to the Alzheimer’s Association ...
(Date:9/1/2020)... , ... September 01, 2020 , ... ... has completed $3 million convertible note financing, which will be used to accelerate ... the funds from this financing, the company will continue to expand its customer ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... 31, 2020 , ... Cardiothoracic surgeons at Allegheny General Hospital ... Mellon University (CMU) to develop a new heart monitoring device designed to serve ... , The AGH/CMU team was recently awarded a “Trailblazer” grant from the National ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... Want to get moving, break up ... Research Foundation (CPARF) is thrilled to launch its fourth annual STEPtember campaign in the ... challenge, STEPtember meets everyone wherever they are at this moment — encouraging people to ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... ... economic outlook continues to put financial strain on many of us, so it just makes ... monthly expenses and put more into savings, if possible. , “That’s a great way to ... in place in case something were to happen to you,” says Lee Duncan, CMO & ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... August 28, 2020 , ... Dr. Raheleh Sarbaziha has ... perspective and approach. Armed with her qualifications from Ross University School of Medicine ... of the human body with the nation and world. With a fellowship in ...
(Date:8/27/2020)... ... August 27, 2020 , ... Trella Health, ... a leading provider of cloud CRM, marketing automation, and contact center solutions for ... involve the integration of Trella’s performance intelligence data and insights into Enquire’s CRM ...
(Date:8/26/2020)... ... August 26, 2020 , ... ... Services, Laboratory Testing division, expands its technology footprint with the addition of ... platforms available. With industry-leading biomarker solutions, complemented with traditional ligand-binding assays and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: