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There has been some discussion here about "natural"
dioxin formation from the burning of coal and oil.
There is a great deal of evidence that the burning of
does *not* produce any significant amounts of dioxin.
of older sediment have essentially ruled out the
of dioxin. There is essentially no dioxin in sediment
previous to 1940 (Czuczwa, 1984, 1985, 1986).
Yes, nature occasionally will produce dioxin. If a
lightning bolt were
to hit the ocean and the brine was electrolyzed to
free chlorine and
the free chlorine were then to bind with the algae in
the water, you'd get
dioxin. Yes, that is true. And quantum mechanics tells
there is a chance that if we were to hit our head
against the wall
that our head would become part of the wall. Indeed.
So what is the much-publicized dioxin from fossil-fuele
plants from? It is well-known that the oil industry
ORGANOCHLORINE SOLVENTS in the refining (cracking)
process. Residues of these solvents are believed to
dioxin formation from diesel engines. (In Great
Britain, the 2nd largest
producer of dioxin is diesel exhaust). It would make
sense, then, that
measurable dioxin from fossil-fuel power plants comes
same residue (since fuel oil and diesel fuel are
Does anyone know whether the oil companies use
solvents at the oil rigs? Does anyone know whether
or organochlorine additives are used by power plant