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Web Date: December 12, 2017

EU’s chlorine makers end mercury-based production

Europe’s Dec. 11 ban brings 21 mercury cell production plants to a halt
Department: Business
Keywords: Environment, mercury, chlorine, Europe

European Union regulations requiring companies to stop making chlorine via a process that involves mercury came into effect yesterday. Of the 21 mercury technology plants that were operating at the start of 2017, seven have closed and 14 have been converted—or are about to be converted—to the less environmentally harmful membrane technology.

The seven closed plants had a combined capacity of 665,000 metric tons per year of chlorine, . . .

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