Mercury in Processes Print
Friday, 23 September 2011 15:11

Mercury is used intentionally in various industrial processes or released unintentionally from certain industrial processes.

These include but are not limited to:

-       Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining (ASGM)
-       Chlorine manufacturing
-       Cement products
-       Coal combustion
-       Crematoria
-       Metal Smelters
-       Steel Production
-       Vinyl Chloro Monomer (VCM) production
-       Waste Incineration

Usually in industrial processes that intentionally use mercury, the releases into the environment occur through:

·         Emissions and wastes generated during the production of mercury both primary and secondary production for instance through mining and 
          as a by-product respectively.
·         Releases during the recycling of wastes
·         Releases form sludge, residues, contaminated equipment and supplies produced during the process
·         Releases from trace or mercury residue from products produced through a mercury process.
·         Process releases for instance fugitive air emissions.