Wed., September 30, 2009 2:11pm (EDT)

Anti-Mercury Bill Pulled From Congressional Review
By Noel Brown
Updated: 5 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.   —  
A bill that will force companies like Olin in Augusta to stop using mercury was pulled from a congressional review.
A bill that will force companies like Olin in Augusta to stop using mercury was pulled from a congressional review.
The Mercury Pollution Reduction Act was scheduled for review today by the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Now officials say the review will be rescheduled for some time in the next few weeks.

The reason, according to officials, was the significant interest that was generated for the bill. That interest took the form of numerous calls and emails to Representative John Barrow’s office.

Barrow was set to introduce an amendment that would extend the deadline for companies to convert to mercury free processes from two years to six years.

The Olin plant in Augusta is one of only four facilities in the U.S. still using mercury to produce chlorine.