13 March 2008 22:09 [Source: ICIS news]
The bill provides that “effective 1 January 2012, the manufacture of chlorine or caustic soda using mercury cells is prohibited in the
Schakowsky said that of approximately 30 chlor-alkali plants operating in the
“While there has been much focus on reducing mercury pollution from coal-burning power plants, the average mercury chlor-alkali plant emits four times more mercury than the average power plant,” she said.
The bill would require the four mercury cell chlor-alkali plants to switch to the ion exchange membrane process by the end of 2011 or cease operations.
In addition, if passed this year the legislation would require the four mercury cell plants to begin annual reporting in 2009 on how much mercury-tainted hazardous waste each facility produced, how it was managed and how much mercury was released into the environment.
Among the four facilities, two are operated by Olin Corporation in
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