Marine NGO slams Spanish chlor-alkali deal

Spanish government first to accept European industry body’s mercury phase-out timetable

Marine protection campaign group Oceana has criticised a Spanish government decision to allow the country’s mercury-based chlorine production plants to remain operational until 2020 despite a nominal EU requirement to close them by October 2007.

The government’s decision is the first of its kind on the future of Europe’s chlor-alkali industry and effectively endorses the sector’s voluntary commitment on phasing out mercury-based technology.  It provides one of the first concrete indications of how EU national authorities will interpret key parts of the EU’s integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) directive.

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