Chlor-alkali plant: “Kaustik” plant in Volgograd, Mercury Hot Spot in Russia


This report focuses on a chlor-alkali plant “Kaustik” in Volgograd. Some chlor-alkali plants use a mercury-cell process in which mercury is used as the electrolysis cath­ode. This occurs at the “Kaustik” facility in Volgograd.

Fish and hair samples were collected close to “Kaustik” in the districts Krasnoarmeysky and Svetloyarsky, and village Raygorod on South of  Volgograd city to confirm whether the long lasting production of chlorine by using mercury in amalgam electrolysis resulted in food source contamination of fish and also had potentially influenced levels of mercury in local population of people.

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