A Step Toward Less Mercury In The Environment

Researchers at Quebec's government-owned electric company, Hydro-Qu bec, have found a way to avoid using toxic mercury in the production of textile dyes and chemicals for paper production. The researchers say preliminary experiments show the same method could be used to make compounds for synthetic vitamin K, pesticides, perfumes, sunscreen, and plant-growth regulators. This spring, Hydro-Qu bec licensed the technology to a unit of Taiwan's Taysung Enterprises Co., a dye maker.

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