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Chlor-Alkali Operating Rates Plunge In October

10:30 AM MST | November 19, 2010 | Lindsey Bewley

Average U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates plunged 10-percentage points in October, to 82%, according to the latest statistics reported by the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Chlorine production fell 9.2% in October compared with September. About 87,229 tons less chlorine gas and 83,834 tons less liquid chlorine were produced, down about 8.6% and 9.9%, respectively. However, year-on-year chlorine production is up about 2.4%.   Meanwhile, liquid caustic soda production also decreased in October, falling 8.6% from the previous month to 975,134 tons. Caustic...

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