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MX Compound
One of the most significant scientific accomplishments directed by the principal of Arbokem was the discovery, in 1980, of
3-chloro-4-dichloromethyl-5-hydroxy-2(5H)-furanone
(now known commonly as "MX" in the scientific literature).


In the twenty years since this discovery, scientists throughout the world have found this compound to be ubiquitous in the chlorination of drinking water.

"MX" is one of the most potent mutagenic chemical substances known to mankind.
Holmbom, B.R., Voss, R.H., Mortimer, R.D. and Wong, A., " Isolation and identification of an Ames-mutagenic compound present in kraft chlorination effluents", Tappi, 64, 3:171-174 (1981).
 


 
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