Stopping Mercury Where it Starts: Chlorine Factories in the U.S.
April 1, 2004
In a new affront to the Bush administration’s attempt to ignore wide-scale pollution, Sierra Club filed a lawsuit disputing new federal rules that fail to protect public health and curb toxic mercury emissions from chlorine factories. The suit targets mercury pollution, which accumulates in the environment and poses a serious threat to young children and pregnant women. Although almost 90 percent of chlorine factories in the U.S. have switched to mercury-free production, there are several remaining factories that evaporate mercury directly into the environment. These fugitive emissions are not accounted for in daily production, and the new rules do little to prevent future fugitive emissions.
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