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The Olin Corporation announced that it will convert its mercury-based chlor-alkali manufacturing plant in Charleston, TN to modern, mercury free technology and eliminate mercury from its plant operation in Augusta, GA. Oceana has been pushing for these actions since 2005. Olin’s plant in Tennessee is the largest remaining mercury-based chlorine plant of the four plants in the U.S. that had refused to make the switch to safer, more efficient technology.Read Press Release
In response to a newly published Oceana report on the levels of mercury in grocery store seafood, both Kroger and Harris Teeter grocery companies begin to post the FDA fish consumption advisory at the point of sale. Kroger is the United States’ second largest grocery company and the addition of both companies added nearly 2,600 grocery stores to Oceana’s Green List.
Pioneer announced that it would switch its St. Gabriel, Louisiana plant to membrane-cell technology (this factory is now owned by Olin Corp). This switch eliminated the largest source of mercury air pollution in the state.
Oceana receives correspondence that SuperValu, the parent company to grocery stores like Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw’s and others, plans on posting the FDA advice at seafood counters. SuperValu is the country’s fourth largest grocery company and added nearly 1,400 grocery stores to Oceana’s Green List.
Trader Joe’s responds to inform Oceana it will post the FDA warning signs in all stores. VP for Marketing sends Oceana a copy of an email sent to all stores saying it’s required and that Regional VPs will be checking for signs. Oceana adds Trader Joe’s to the Green List. This was the same day that Clean Air Council, once again, held an event outside of a Trader Joe’s in Philadelphia. Trader Joe’s has over 300 grocery stores.
In a second high-level conference call between Whole Foods President Walter Robb and Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless, Whole Foods Markets commits to begin posting mercury warning signs at seafood counters across the country on September 1st. This was only hours before a scheduled press conference outside of their NYC store. Whole Foods operates almost 300 grocery stores nationwide.
OxyChem announced its decision to shift its chlorine production to a mercury-free facility and close its Muscle Shoals, Alabama chlorine plant by 2008. This action eliminated the top mercury polluter in the state. After this factory was shuttered, OxyChem announced it was a completely mercury-free company.