US Clorox to modify chlorine use amid regulatory concerns

02 November 2009 17:15  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Potential US regulations that could restrict chlorine transport or increase associated costs will lead Clorox to eliminate the transport of chlorine between seven US plants, the US household products manufacturer said on Monday.

Instead, Clorox will use high-strength bleach manufactured through new processes at each plant as the raw material feedstock for making its namesake bleach.

The high-strength bleach is a water-based solution of concentrated sodium hypochlorite that can be diluted to a specific level for household and industrial use and is still made with chlorine, the company said.

However, the change in manufacturing process means the company will no longer have stockpiles of raw chlorine, nor will it be transported along the supply chain, said company spokesman Dan Staublin.

“This was a strategic decision driven by a commitment to strengthen our operations and add another layer of security,” Staublin said. “The regulatory environment could impact us, as potential new regulations are under evaluation that could restrict chlorine transport or increase associated costs.

“The key here is elimination of the transport of chlorine,” he added.

The transition will begin at a company plant in Fairfield, California, and should be complete within six months. That will then be followed by a phased, multi-year transition for six additional plants across the country.

“Our bleach plant employees are experts at handling chlorine, and we’re proud of the fact that we’ve used it responsibly for our entire 96-year history,” chief executive Don Knauss said. “Even so, we’re pleased to begin implementing this process change to make our products using high-strength bleach.”

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