Part 2 of Abating Hazardous Air Pollutants: Chlorine Abatement
What is Chlorine? Chlorine is the second most abundant halogen and the 21st most abundant chemical found in the Earth’s crust in the form of ionic chloride. A yellow-green gas, Chlorine is in the halogen group and is one of the VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) that GCES has spent nearly two dozen years abating.
When someone hears the word Chlorine there are many immediate associations that come to mind. For children Chlorine is memories of summer, long days in the pool and red, burning eyes. Moms hear the word Chlorine and immediately think of stains and laundry. In our industry Chlorine means CI and we think of thermal oxidization and highly acid gas. Chlorine is used in commercial bleaches, disinfectants and as a reagent for many processes in the chemical industry as a result of the high oxidizing potential of elemental chlorine. Also used to manufacture a wide range of consumer products including polyvinyl chloride and many intermediates for the production of plastics, chlorines usage fall into three main categories:
- Production of industrial and consumer products
- Sanitation and disinfection
- As a weapon on the form of chlorine gas aka bertholite