Chlorine bleach plants threaten 63 million people in U.S.

The Wisconsin Gazette

Eighty-six facilities in the United States continue to use huge quantities of chlorine gas in their manufacturing process and endanger more than 63 million people living in nearby areas.

Earlier this week, Greenpeace released a new report on the hazards posed by chlorine bleach plants across the United States.

“In spite of the evident risks and availability of safer alternatives, our latest report on the industry shows that some chlorine bleach manufacturers continue to use chlorine gas, putting almost one in every five Americans in danger of a potential release from a substance so toxic it has been used as a chemical weapon in the past” said Rick Hind, legislative director at Greenpeace.

The environmental group said the hazard goes beyond the use of the chlorine gas in the manufacturing process, as chlorine bleach manufacturers frequently ship and receive their supply in 90-ton rail cars vulnerable to accidents and acts of sabotage.

“Every day, rail cars crisscross the country delivering hundreds of tons of chlorine gas and endangering the communities through which they travel. Just one of such rail car can put much of an entire city in danger” Hind said.