Spotlight on PVC in the battle over chlorine

Greenpeace has renewed its offensive against the chlorine industry with two reports on PVC production. The reports present data from recent studies into releases of dioxins and other organochlorines from European PVC plants and warn that there are vital gaps in knowledge about the extent and impacts of such emissions. The group has already scored one success in persuading the Norwegian authorities to suspend a decision to authorise expansion of a PVC plant.

Global PVC production capacity, the annual CMAI chemical market analysis conference in Houston was told recently, will rise from 21 million tonnes in 1991 to 24 million tonnes by 1997. Almost half of the new capacity is expected to be in expanding markets in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly China and India. Their role will be particularly critical in absorbing the current surplus of production in the USA, where publicity about the environ

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