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Pure Appl. Chem., 1996, Vol. 68, No. 9, pp. i


René-Paul Martin1 and Guy Jean Martens2

1 Chairman, Committee on Chemistry and Industry
2 Member, Committee on Chemistry and Industry and Project Coordinator

Over the past few years, much concern has been expressed bout the effect of Chlorine and Chlorine-containing compounds on the environment. This 'White Book' constitutes an independent and unbiased contribution from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), in its capacity as an international nongovernmental organization, to the continuing debate on the Chlorine Issue. The chapters, prepared by experts from throughout the world, evaluate critically various aspects of the subject and are of interest not only to academic institutions, industry, governmental agencies and environmental organizations, but also to the general public.
The 'White Book' is the first publication by IUPAC of this type. Similar analyses are envisaged of the chemical aspects of other globally importnat issues, in which IUPAC can play a role, standing firmly on a scientific foundation independent from governments and industry, by calling on its worldwide network of experts from various fields of chemistry.
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