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Solvay chlor-alkali site in Spain under threat from EU mercury-cell phaseout

9:30 AM MDT | April 26, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Production at Solvay's chlor-alkali unit at Torrelavega, Spain, could be under threat unless €30 million ($39.1 million) is invested to transform the unit from mercury-cell based technology to membrane-based technology, trade union representatives say, according to Spanish media reports. Chlor-alkali producers in the European Union have until 2020 to phase out the use of mercury cell–based technology. Solvay says no decision has been made on the issue, and that the plant will continue to operate normally at least until 2020. "Solvay's business...

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