Mercury from chlorine firms "under-reported"

Green group claims sector emitting up to five times more mercury than officially reported

EU chlorine companies could be emitting up to five times more mercury than officially estimated, green group EEB warned on Friday.  It reiterated calls for use of mercury-based chlorine production to be phased out.  The group cited two reports, one revealing "growing evidence" of underreporting of emissions, the second showing "disturbingly high" levels of mercury in the air around mercury-cell chlor-alkali factories in Italy, Spain and Czech Republic.  The industry argues it is on track towards meeting its 2007 target for mercury emissions (EED 19/09/06).  See press release.

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