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One of the "Filthy Five" Mercury Polluters - Right Here in Ohio

July 19, 2007

It's not a top five list Ohio wants to be on -- the "Filthy Five." A new report identifies an Ohio chlorine plant as one of five nationwide that still use mercury in their production process, making the plant the third largest source of airborne mercury pollution in the state.

Report author Simon Mahan with the Oceana Institute says the Ashta Chemical plant in Ashtabula could switch to other, widely used technologies, and make a big difference.

"In 2005, they reported emitting 813 pounds of mercury into the air, and it would be really easy for them to switch over to mercury-free technology."

Companies operating the five plants nationwide have said the costs of switching would be too high, and would lead to a less efficient process; the report points toward over a hundred other plants that have successfully made the switch.

Mahan believes the plant is part of the reason Ohio has mercury advisories for fish caught in the state.

"By getting into the waterways, it can build up in fish, and whenever people eat those fish, they are possibly contaminating themselves with mercury from the mercury sources."

The report is online at www.oceana.org.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH