EU funds Italian chlorine industry clean-up

Two Italian companies are to get a total of €18.5m in EU subsidies for investment in mercury-free chlorine production, the European Commission announced on Wednesday. Solvay Rosignano gets €13.5m, whilst Altair Chimica will receive €5m - roughly a third of the total necessary investment in both cases. The two firms will introduce switch their production to membrane technology, not only eliminating mercury emissions but also improving energy efficiency, the Commission noted. Part of the money will be spent on cleaning up waste mercury from historic production. See press release.

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