Ospar mercury phase-out date "could slip"

Eurochlor says governments showing flexibility on deadline for shutting chlorine plants

A number of EU governments could be planning to ignore a 1990 decision under the Ospar north-east Atlantic protection convention to phase out mercury-based chlorine production plants by 2010, according to industry body Eurochlor.

Though the chlorine industry has accepted the need for an eventual phase-out, it says emissions have already been slashed by 96% since the decision. This justifies allowing installations to continue until they reach the end of their economic lives, which for many will be after 2010, it claims (EED 13/10/00).

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