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U.S. Chlor-Alk Firms Press for Changes to Mercury Cell Restrictions

3:27 PM MST | November 23, 2009 | KARA SISSELL

U.S. environmental legislation that would require deep cuts in mercury emissions would give mercury cell chlor-alkali producers two years to decide to convert to cleaner processes or close their doors. The bill, sponsored by Representative Janice Shakowsky (D., IL), sets an unrealistic deadline and should be revised, chlor-alkali producers say. A companion bill in the Senate is sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D., RI). The bill, passed recently by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, would affect the four remaining U.S. mercury cell plants. The...

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