Chlorine and Environment
Country: United States
Date: February 2008
What are the effects of chlorine on the environment, and what can we
do to stop it form being entered into the atmosphere?
Chlorine can have a good or bad effect on the environment. First, every time
you put salt on your food you are adding chlorine in the form of sodium chloride.
Second, every time you use laundry bleach you are using another form of chlorine.
Third, drinking water is treated with a number of "kinds" of chlorine to kill
bacteria that historically have killed millions of people. So chlorine is not
just "bad" and other things are "good". Much of our water supply in homes is
protected with a form of chlorine to prevent the spread of lethal microbes.
There are other substances released into the atmosphere that are more dangerous
if you look at the beneficial effects of chlorine.
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