24 June 2005 04:43 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (CNI)--One of the key issues confronting the chlorine industry is the release of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) into the environment, which anti-industry activists have long been campaigning against, Robert Simon, senior director of International Affairs at the World Chlorine Council (WCC) said.
Speaking at the 9th Asian Chlor-alkali Conference, Simon said that there have been recent developments in the industry that should allay such concerns.
Levels of by-products released by chlorine processes have decreased by more than 90% in several countries in the past year, he said.
He pointed out dioxin air emissions (DAE) from industrial sources fell to less than 500 grams in 2004 from over 12,000 grams in 1987. This is vastly contrasted with the DAE from the burning of natural resources, which nearly doubled to 2,000 grams in 2004 as compared with 1987.
“Levels of dioxin in the environment have been declining even though polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production has been increasing in the past few years,” he said.
However, in spite of the positive trends, he said that the WCC is committed to the Stockholm Convention and supports the treaty.
The Stockholm Convention represents an obligation for countries to reduce, and where feasible, eliminate by-products in the industrial production. The treaty is expected to be implemented in most countries by 2006.
The 9th Asian Chlor-alkali Conference is organised by Asian Chemical News (ACN)* and Tecnon Orbichem.
The event concludes on Friday.
*ACN is part of the same publishing group as CNI.
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