Right idea, wrong deadline

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The latest on the Olin Corp. plant -- that its owners are considering a costly conversion to a cleaner chlorine-producing process -- is certainly welcome news. But it got us to thinking:

Maybe Congress is attempting to set the wrong kind of deadline on the Augusta plant and the country's three other remaining mercury-based plants.

Not the wrong date -- but the wrong kind of deadline.

Congress and Olin are at odds over when a conversion to non-mercury processing could reasonably be completed. Legislation now working its way through the U.S. House initially required conversion or closure of such plants by 2013. An amendment could set that deadline back to 2015. Olin says it needs more time than that.

It occurs to us -- why not concentrate on when the plant operators commit to a conversion, rather than when they complete it?

Pressure could still be brought to bear on the completion date through negotiations, but the real key -- at least in Augusta's case -- seems to be prodding the plant to commit one way or another. Why not set a deadline for plant owners to commit to a conversion or be closed? That way, the decision won't be held up by arguments over how quickly the conversion could be finished.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/01/09 - 04:35 am
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Rest assured, judging by

Rest assured, judging by action to date, which ever is the most anti-capitalist and least logical step to take will be the one preferred by congress.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/01/09 - 05:01 am
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I'm for Olin stopping their

I'm for Olin stopping their pollution of the air and river. Richmond County could do what the editorial suggests and obtain commitments on its own. Why wait for Congress?

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 12/01/09 - 05:51 am
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We should demand Congress put

We should demand Congress put public health and our environment first and do it SOON rather than later. Olin has flittered around for years knowing their time was running out. And now the local press and the local politicians want to give them more time. Does look like the local press and politicians are concerned for the almighty dollar but they're not criticizing Olin for putting mercury in our water.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/01/09 - 06:59 am
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gasp, maybe Olin is following

gasp, maybe Olin is following our current president's example of taking a VERY long time to make a decision. It must mean they're very smart.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 12/01/09 - 07:21 am
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johnston.cliff - Very smart

johnston.cliff - Very smart for our President! But Olin is not in the same league and they should be held accountable to another standard.

deekster
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deekster 12/01/09 - 11:01 am
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Government deadlines are

Government deadlines are always "TEN YEARS". That is so current administrations are gone and cannot be held accountable. " We didn't set that timetable". So they the new administration sets a new TEN YEAR goal of completion. TEN YEARS to clean up this spill. TEN YEARS to remove underground tanks, etc. It goes on and on. If Olin wanted to convert and there was an economic advantage to them, they would shut the plant down for two weeks. Bring in outside contractors and do the job. It is done all of the time. No just at Olin. Major chemical companies make "process changes" all of the time. They don't make the news because they are usually involve proprietary information. But they do involve PROFITS.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 12/01/09 - 01:17 pm
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Is the Chronicle Editorial

Is the Chronicle Editorial staff retarded? Olin would supposedly start a project in name only if there was no set completion date. The completion date should have been 01/01/2000 or earlier honestly.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 12/01/09 - 02:17 pm
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Exactly, imdstuf. Agreeing to

Exactly, imdstuf. Agreeing to something is just words, whether spoken or written. They've seen this coming for years! And Cliff (aka Patty T), you're an old man and Olin's polluting probably doesn't affect you. I find it odd, though, that you're always so concerned with the debt our grandchildren are supposed to be saddled with, but don't give a damn about their health.

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Lobosolo 12/01/09 - 07:18 pm
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PettyThomas is back in new

PettyThomas is back in new disguise! You're right on the money, HotFoot. PettyT don't really give a rip about anything but regurgitating palaver. Olin has had their chance, and should have fixed the problem years ago. PT thinks that all capitalism should be unfettered, but he doesn't have a clue as to why... nor could explain in a million years why it should be so.

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