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U.S. Chlor-Alkali Operating Rates Rise in August

8:17 AM MDT | September 25, 2009 | Lindsey Bewley

For the third consecutive month, average operating rates at U.S. chlor-alkali plants rose in August, jumping to 85%, a 6-percentage point increase from July, says the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Chlorine production rose about 8% in August compared with July. 65,597 tons more chlorine gas and 67,151 tons more liquid chlorine were produced, up about 7% and 9%, respectively. However, the year-on-year production is still lagging. Combined chlorine production volumes dropped about 22% in August compared with the year-ago period. Liquid caustic soda production...

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