Clorox announced today that it will modify its bleach manufacturing process in seven US facilities in order to eliminate the transport of chlorine feedstock to those facilities.
ICIS news* reported that this move was driven by potential US regulations that could restrict chlorine transport or increase associated costs.
Clorox will begin transitioning from chlorine to high-strength bleach as a raw material for making its namesake bleach starting in its Fairfield, California plant.
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, according to Clorox.
The company expects to complete the transition in Fairfield within six months, followed by a phased, multi-year transition for the rest of the plants.