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Campaigners seek to stop Spanish mercury mine

European environmentalists assembled in Madrid on Friday to urge the Spanish government to close Europe's last remaining mercury mine at Almadén and ban trade in the toxic heavy metal. The action is part of a campaign against mercury that has targeted the chlor-alkali sector (EED 31/01/05). Speaking at a conference organised by the coalition, Arseen Seys of industry body Eurochlor said that although the industry was the largest consumer of mercury, it was "one of the smallest contributors of emissions to the environment". See NGO mercury coalition and Eurochlor press releases.

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