Environmentalists criticize factory’s plans to use mercury in chlorine production
Czech environmentalists on Tuesday criticized a request by a major chemical producer, Spolana Neratovice, to be allowed to use mercury in the production of chlorine until the year 2020. The plant, located in Neratovice, some 30 km north of Prague, was ordered to change its production process by 2014. Environmentalists warn that the plant releases more than 200 kg of mercury into the environment every year. The producer’s request will be reviewed by the Central Bohemian regional authorities.