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Apr 28, 2006

A few chemical companies in the United States still rely on an outdated chlorine manufacturing process that emits toxic mercury, which can eventually find its way into the fish we eat. Urge the chlorine industry to stop using mercury.


Although coal-fired power plants are the most notorious source of toxic mercury pollution to our lakes, streams and oceans, the chemical industry is just as bad. Even though non-mercury technology is widely available, a handful of chemical companies in the United States still use an outdated mercury process to make chlorine gas and lye, which are then used to make paper products, detergents, soaps and plastics.

NRDC has tested the air around some of these plants and found very high levels of mercury pollution. Much of this toxic substance winds up in our air and water and, eventually, in the fish that ends up on our dinner tables or in our tuna sandwiches. Once it's in our bodies, mercury can limit normal brain activity and nervous system functions. It is especially dangerous for developing infants and small children and can cause decreased motor skills and learning disabilities at even low levels of exposure.

What to do:
Send a message urging the chlorine industry to completely eliminate mercury from its manufacturing process.

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Art Dungan, President
The Chlorine Institute
1300 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Dear Mr. Dungan,

The Chlorine Institute, a 210-member trade association, has allowed rampant mercury pollution by six U.S. member companies that insist on relying on dirty and dangerous mercury technology even though mercury-free technology is available and used widely here in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

Chlorine plants that use mercury are among the world's largest sources of mercury contamination. Air quality tests around these plants show extremely high mercury levels at most of them.

It's time for the entire chlorine industry to enter the 21st century and eliminate mercury from the chlorine manufacturing process. I urge you to deny Chlorine Institute membership to any company that will not commit to conversion away from mercury.

thanks for participating ~~

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Posted: Friday April 28, 2006, 2:08 am
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Chiara G. (182)
Friday June 2, 2006, 6:38 pm
we should think about begin to clean the planet instead continue with contaminatination, if we want our sons and grandsons have a planet.
And if we don t care about them, at least leave it as we got it.Just for a question of honor...

Tony Fields (344)
Saturday June 3, 2006, 2:59 am
Thankyou Chiara ~ it's such a shameful act, and again, they don't seem to care about the evironment and its creatures. The effect of mercury, methylmercury, PBC's and dioxins in whales on Japanese babies of mothers who have consumed whale meat are horrendous ~ read the report about this at Whale Call Cafe ~ it will shock you ~~

Loretta T. (34)
Friday March 7, 2008, 2:31 pm
Thanks for all the petition links as I have copied and will send to all scuba divers that I know here in Orange county, Ca. The more people know about these petitions the better for all marine animals. Thanks Tony and thank you Hans for the invite.

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