NEWS RELEASE AUGUST 2013
China Can Remove Mercury at Low Cost Thanks To U.S. Developments
In order to meet tough regulations in the U.S. technology, developers have made great strides in creating low cost routes to achieve mercury removal from power plant exhausts. The cost is especially low if the power plant already has a scrubber. China is installing scrubbers on nearly all its power plants. As a result, China can remove mercury with just a few percent increases in its air pollution control investment and operating cost.
There have been some very significant recent breakthroughs which need to be communicated to the Chinese policy makers. To this end, McIlvaine conducted a webinar last week in Mandarin Chinese with two FGD experts. A presentation on removal technology was made by Bobby Chen of CBI Shaw. Questions and discussion was provided by Shiaw Tseng of Graymont. This presentation in Mandarin is available as a recording in the McIlvaine Global Decisions Orchard and on YouTube.
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U.S. power plants emitted 100,000 lbs. of mercury per year prior to the regulations. By 2016, emissions will have been reduced by more than 80,000 lbs. per year. China operates four times as many coal-fired boilers as the U.S. and five times as many cement plants. So the potential for Chinese reductions are much more significant than those in the U.S. Mercury is a world traveler. Gold mines in Brazil are emitting mercury which has been tracked to the arctic, so this is a global problem and needs a global solution. China has demonstrated a willingness to spend a great deal to improve the environment. It is likely that they will take advantage of this opportunity when the low cost and ease of achieving the reduction are made clear.
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