Catalonia approves ‘banned’ mercury cells

The Catalan government broke EU and Spanish law by approving chemical firm Solvin’s installation of eight new mercury cells for chlor-alkali production, an NGO claimed on Thursday

The Catalan government broke EU and Spanish law by approving chemical firm Solvin’s installation of eight new mercury cells for chlor-alkali production, an NGO claimed on Thursday.

Oceana is taking legal action against the Catalan government and will make a formal complaint to the European Commission.

The relevant EU legislation, the 2010 Industrial Emissions Directive, came into force on January 7, 2013. Further clarification was provided by a December 2013 European Commission decision which says “the mercury cell technique cannot be considered a BAT [best available technology] under any circumstances”.

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