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Mercury from Chlorine Plants

Pittsburgh Plate Glass Chlorine Plant, New Martinsville, West Virginia.

The Pittsburgh Plate Glass Chlorine Plant in New Martinsville, WV, in 1943.

Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc. via Library of Congress

What’s at Stake

Babies and children exposed to mercury can suffer from impaired abilities to develop and learn.


Mercury is a well-known byproduct of burning coal in power plants, but another source—chlorine plants—goes unmeasured, let alone regulated. An Earthjustice lawsuit sought to force the Environmental Protection Agency to correct this dangerous situation.

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Case Updates

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Mercury Chlor-Alkali Plants Petition for Review

Charges that an EPA rule does not address 'lost” mercury pollution from the plants and eliminates previous pollution control requirements (February 17, 2004)