Stakeholders clash over mercury controls
Environmentalists and chlorine manufacturers have clashed over how to deal with an estimated 11,600 tonnes of mercury held in mercury-based chlorine plants in Europe. To mark a workshop held by the Nordic council of ministers in Brussels on Monday, a coalition of green groups called on the EU to "grapple with the global mercury crisis", including by stopping trade in waste mercury. Chlorine industry association Eurochlor defended the practice. The European Commission is due to issue an EU mercury strategy this autumn (EED 18/03/04). See statements from NGOs and Eurochlor.