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CHLORINE INSTITUTE ISSUES RESPONSE TO THE REPORT ON BREAST CANCER ISSUED THIS WEEK BY GREENPEACE

CHLORINE INSTITUTE ISSUES RESPONSE TO THE REPORT ON BREAST CANCER
 ISSUED THIS WEEK BY GREENPEACE
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chlorine Institute issued the following response to the report on breast cancer issued this week by Greenpeace:
 We believe that all decisions regarding chlorine should be based on credible science. As we are doing with other reports involving chlorine chemistry, we will utilize qualified experts to carefully scrutinize this literature review by Joe Thornton of Greenpeace.
 Claims of connections between chlorinated chemicals and effects on human health are very much in dispute. We urge you to have independent scientists critique Mr. Thornton's work before you draw any conclusions about its scientific credibility.
 The Greenpeace report is not a scientific study, but a compilation of statements. It is important to bear in mind who has issued this report. Mr. Thornton is not an independent scientist, and it is reasonable to assume that his work may not reflect a balanced perspective that is so critical to determining what environmental factors may or may not be affecting human health.
 In contrast, in a statement issued yesterday by the American Cancer Society, Dr. Clark Heath, the society's vice president for epidemiology, said: "While exposure to organochlorine compounds in the environment may possibly contribute to risk, the evidence at hand is preliminary and is mostly based on weak and indirect associations. Further research is needed and is underway. In the meantime, speculation that such exposures account for observed geographic differences in breast cancer incidence or for recent rises in breast cancer occurrence should be received with caution; more likely, much of the recent rise in incidence in the United States (a trend which has leveled off in the past several years) reflects increased utilization of mammography over the past decade."
 We know that there are concerns about chloro-organic materials, and we are addressing these concerns. We will depend on credible science to point the way, and we will do the right things as good product stewardship requires.
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 /CONTACT: Joseph Walker or Allison Rajala of The Chlorine Institute, 202-775-2790/ CO: The Chlorine Institute; Greenpeace ST: District of Columbia IN: CHM HEA SU:


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