Sodium chlorate is a strong oxidizing agent that is readily soluble in water; it is a versatile product that is used in a variety of applications.

It is the preferred intermediate for sodium perchlorate and sodium chlorite manufacture; other common industrial applications are for the surface treatment of metals and cupric chloride etch regeneration.

In the mining industry, sodium chlorate is used during the extraction process for a variety of metals. It is also a key ingredient in fireworks and used in the production of oxygen candles, utilized on aircraft and submarines, and by manufacturers of breathing apparatus for firefighters and mine rescue crews.

Sodium chlorate is also used as an intermediate in the generation of ferric chloride which is used as a flocculant in many industrial water treatment applications.

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