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Chlor-Alkali Operating Rates Decline

8:38 AM MDT | May 4, 2009 | Lindsey Bewley

Average operating rates at U.S. chlor-alkali plants fell to 63% in March, a 17 percentage point decrease from the previous month, the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA) says. Chlorine production fell about 10% in March compared with February. About 72,559 tons less chlorine gas and 71,905 tons less liquid chlorine were produced, down about 9% and 11%, respectively. However, the year-on-year production falls are much bigger. Chlorine gas production volumes dropped about 29% in March compared with the previous March, to 736,617 tons, and liquid chlorine production...

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