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140 Sylvan Avenue
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
USA
Tel.: 201-947-1000
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Chlorine

Paper mills are normally located close to water sources as they use water to boil, clean and bleach the pulp.

The natural colour of paper is beige or light brown. Bleaching is the most common method used to make paper white.

There are two methods of bleaching paper. The most common method employs chlorine dioxide (CO2) as the bleaching agent. The second method - using hydrogen peroxide - is expensive, and therefore unusual.

Most chlorine is produced by the electrolysis of salt water.

Chlorine is used to bleach the paper and the waste is dumped in our lakes or rivers.

The chlorine, in turn, then bonds to organic matters and creates organ chlorines such as dioxin.

 

Chlorine has been medically linked to...

 

Dioxin

What is Dioxin? The term "dioxin" describes a group of highly toxic chemicals which are produced by several industrial processes that use or burn products containing chlorine, including incinerators and "kraft" paper mills. Dioxins are among the most potent toxic chemicals known.

What are the effects of dioxins on human health? There is compelling scientific evidence that dioxins can cause cancer and disrupt hormonal, reproductive, and immune systems. The developing fetus and breast-feeding infants are particularly sensitive to the harmful effects of dioxins. Recent studies suggest that dioxins are also an "endocrine disrupter" – one of a number of toxic chemicals that interfere with our hormone systems by mimicking natural hormones and blocking or disrupting their normal action.

 

Here you can see the effects of dioxin on a Northern Pike.

 

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure. Even one drop in an Olympic size pool is enough to kill all life in the pool!!