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EU Adopts Mercury Export Ban

12:42 PM MDT | September 26, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

The European Environment Council, composed of environment ministers from European Union (EU) states, has adopted legislation banning exports of mercury from the EU (CW, July 25, 2007, p. 7). The ban will take effect March 2011. The law requires that mercury no longer used by the EU chlor-alkali industry be put into safe, permanent storage. EU chlor-alkali firms have since 2001 been exporting mercury generated from the decommissioning of mercury-cell, chlor-alkali plants under a voluntary plan to phase out all mercury cell units by...

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