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Solutions Through Science (STS) joined 19 other organizations participating in LSU’s Super Science Saturday on October 28. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event is held every fall around National Chemistry Week and is designed to provide interactive stations for students from kindergarten through grade 12 to experience.

 

STS was on-hand to walk students through the chlorine production process and explain why Louisiana is a significant contributor to the nation’s annual chlorine output. Additionally, students were given chlorine activity books and buildable brochures of a house, a hospital and a school bus. Each brochure highlights products typically found in a house, hospital and school bus that are made using chlorine chemistry.

 

“It is always fun to watch student’s, parent’s and teacher’s faces light up when they see just how many things they use on a daily basis are made using chlorine chemistry,” said Alexis Schlatre, Executive D...

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The devastating impacts from Hurricane Harvey have displaced thousands of people in Texas and Louisiana and completely upended their lives. As our neighbors in the Gulf Coast begin the difficult process of putting their lives and homes back together, the chemical industry is trying to help with the recovery effort.


One of the most acute and immediate threats to a previously flooded home is the growth of mold and bacteria that can endanger public health. Texas A&M researchers confirmed E.coli bacteria levels in floodwaters around Houston are 125 times the safe level for swimming. Disinfecting household surfaces with chlorine bleach is a reliable and safe way to help eliminate bacteria and mold growth. However, finding chlorine bleach has proven challenging as stores 200 miles outside of Houston are out of stock.

 

To help alleviate these bleach shortages, the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Chlorine Chemistry Division has donated over 18,000 gallons to be distri...

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After the shock and heartbreak of experiencing a flood comes the clean up to prevent further damage and spread of disease. Flood cleanup starts with removing flood water (usually contaminated with sewage) and drying the affected areas. Evaluate all items touched by flood waters, deciding which to keep and which to toss. Whenever possible, use a disinfecting solution of chlorine bleach to disinfect items touched by flood waters.

  • When using a disinfecting solution to clean up after a flood, remember to:
    • Wear gloves and protective clothing. Do not touch your face or eyes.
    • Change the disinfecting solution often and whenever it is cloudy.
    • Be thorough. Wash and dry everything well.
    • When finished, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, even if you have worn gloves.
    • Wash contaminated clothing in the hottest possible water with detergent and chlorine bleach if fabric instructions permit.
  • If an item got wet, assume it is contam...

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