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Trade Dispute Threatens Moses Lake Industry

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) - A trade dispute with China threatens the future of an industrial plant in Moses Lake that makes polysilicon used to make solar panels.
    
About 80 percent of the polysilicon produced at REC Silicon goes to customers in China. Last month, China slapped duties on U.S.-made polysilicon in retaliation for American tariffs imposed last year on imported Chinese solar panels.
    
REC general council Francine Sullivan told The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/1524J7j ) the business is facing a massive blow unless it gets political help.
    
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and members of Congress have pledged support, but a resolution is months away.
    
The REC complex covers 550 acres and has 500 workers. It underwent a $1.7 billion expansion three years ago, but plans for another $1 billion investment have been put on hold.
    

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