Volume 94 Issue 3 | pp. 22-23
Issue Date: January 18, 2016

How Outsiders Are Helping China’s Vinyl Industry Kick The Mercury Habit

New processes could spur a phaseout of mercury catalysts in Chinese polyvinyl chloride production
Department: Business
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: China, mercury, PVC, vinyl, catalyst

A team of Japanese researchers discovered high concentrations of mercury at the peak of Mount Fuji in 2013. After further research, they identified the source as China, from which winds had carried the toxic metal hundreds of miles into Japan. The discovery offered a stark illustration of how much mercury floats in the air above China.

Much of China’s mercury emissions originate from coal-fired power plants, but another major culprit is its chemical industry.

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