Academic Journal Cancer-Causing Chlorine


Chlorine, the most commonly used water disinfectant, is being fazed out in the United States. An emerging body of evidence suggests that contamination of the environment with chlorine-based synthetic chemicals may be an important factor in the epidemic of breast cancer. In virtually every nation in the world, breast cancer incidence is rising. Since about 1930 the disease has been increasing steadily at the rate of one to two per cent annually in most industrialized countries. It's increasing by four per cent in the US. In many developing nations incidence rates have begun to increase as well. By the year 2000 breast cancer is expected to kill one million women each year.

Green Peace Report, October 1993

A Canadian government publication reported on Chlorinated Waste Water Effluent and stated that, "The minister of the Environment and the minister of National Health and Welfare have concluded that chlorinated waste water effluents are toxic as defined under paragraph 11 (a) of the Canadian Environment Protection Act." Discussions were aimed at responding to the International Joint Commission Report released earlier in 1994 which reiterated prior calls for the elimination of chlorine compounds and involved differentiating necessary uses of chlorine from less essential.

Globe and Mail, July 7, 1994

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