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No Ban For Bohus Plant

The Swedish government has decided that Akzo Nobel’s chlorine-alkali plant in Bohus will not be subject to a scheduled ban on mercury-based production by 2010.

The government got involved after the EPA in Sweden launched an appeal when the country’s National Franchise Board for Environment Protection opted not to issue the ban in 1998.

In ruling out the ban and dismissing the EPA appeal, the government also turned down Akzo Nobel’s appeal to increase the maximum allowed emission of mercury to air to 40 kgs per year from 2003. The figure has instead been set at 30 kgs per year.

“We can manage the stricter conditions for chlorine-alkali production because our emissions to air are already on the new limit,” explained plant manager, Martin Westerlund.

“But as a maximum limit, it means that our margins will be very tight and will require strong efforts to keep in daily operation and maintenance.”

(Released: October 27, 2000)

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