Public Advisory Group
Addyston, Ohio Plant Fall 2005 — Issue 13
Dear LANXESS Neighbor: Air Emission Reductions Continue
First, I would Plans End Ohio Citizen Action Public Pressure Campaign
like to thank the The LANXESS plant in Addyston campaign. OCA had targeted the plant
community for has announced plans to invest $1 mil- since July 2004, directing thousands of
the positive wel- lion to further reduce air emissions by citizens all across Ohio to write letters
come that I have fall 2006. to the plant manager. The group will
received. After The project will focus on improv- continue to work with the plant and
only four short ing the plant’s flare, which controls monitor progress.
Sandy Marshall months, I feel at emissions of butadiene, one of the three In addition to reducing butadiene
Plant Manager home here in the main chemicals used at the plant. air emissions, the plant has also com-
Addyston area. This project is part of a new initia- mitted to:
There has been a great deal of tive by the company to go “beyond • Conducting a $50,000 pilot study
activity during these four months compliance” in improving its environ- to treat fugitive air emissions from
at LANXESS, and I am very proud mental performance. its on-site wastewater treatment
to be part of these improvements. plant. The study, which began in
On September 22, LANXESS held November, will test the effective-
a special meeting of its Public ness of a “biofilter,” which uses
Advisory Group (PAG). The pur- naturally occurring microorgan-
pose of this meeting was to openly isms to destroy chemicals in the air.
share with the PAG and the com-
If the pilot study is successful, a
munity our commitment to the
permanent biofilter will likely
future to go “beyond compli-
be installed at the plant in late
2006 or early 2007.
We believe that being in com-
pliance with regulations defined by • Reducing chemical emissions
governmental bodies such as EPA from equipment malfunctions by
and OSHA is no longer enough. 50% or more by the end of 2006
Communities expect industry as compared to 2005.
to do more and we, at LANXESS, Currently, all malfunctions are
share this view and are working Plant’s flare pollution control system.
The white emission is steam. reported to the Hamilton County
hard to improve our processes, Department of Environmental
procedures and work practices to “LANXESS is committed to con- Services (DES). In addition, the
reflect this commitment to the tinuing to improve the operations of mayor of Addyston and the plant’s
community. this facility,” said Plant Manager Sandy Public Advisory Group (PAG) are
At the PAG meeting, we Marshall. “I’m pleased to report that also notified.
announced an additional $1 mil- we are making excellent progress as we • Pursuing additional funding in
lion investment in environmental continue to move beyond compliance.” 2006 and beyond to implement
control systems specifically direct- As a result of this announcement, projects that further reduce the
ed at further controlling butadiene Ohio Citizen Action (OCA) ended the potential for chemical incidents
(continued on back page)
public pressure of its “good neighbor” and emissions to the environment.
This newsletter is published as a community service
by the LANXESS Public Advisory Group (PAG)
New “Real-Time” Air Monitor At Hitchens
A new air monitor on the roof of Center, and the Miami Township Fire
Hitchens Elementary School will help Department will be dispatched to
the community take action if a serious Hitchens. In addition, the LANXESS
chemical incident occurs at LANXESS plant, Hamilton County DES, and
or there’s a tanker truck or railcar spill. Hitchens will be notified so they can
The monitor, installed by Hamilton take action.
County Department of Environmental If a serious chemical incident has
How LANXESS Prevents Services (DES) in early October, takes occurred, the fire department may
Styrene Accidents continuous samples of air in Addyston, instruct citizens to “shelter in place” or
Most people have heard about the 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is evacuate. For more information, please
leaking styrene railcar in Cincinnati’s known as “real-time” sampling. contact the Miami Township Fire
East End. The incident, which The monitor, a RAE Guard™ Photo Department at (513) 353-4026. The
occurred in late August, involved a Ionization Detector, measures the con- Addyston Environmental Task Force is
railcar bound for Queen City centration of total volatile organic com- working on an evacuation plan for
Terminals and resulted in hundreds of pounds (VOCs) present in the air, based Hitchens and the Village of Addyston.
people evacuating their homes. on a 10-minute average. VOCs are During the plant’s December 2004
LANXESS (and its predeces- organic chemicals that evaporate or incident, modeled concentrations were
sors) have safely handled styrene volatilize easily in air. The three main more than 10 ppm at the fenceline, but
since 1952. The plant has never chemicals used at the LANXESS plant – less than 10 ppm at Hitchens. The Ohio
experienced an incident like the acrylonitrile, styrene and butadiene – are Department of Health concluded the
August release. VOCs, as are the components of gaso- health of local residents was not affected.
Here are the steps the plant line, car exhaust and household cleaners. This new “real-time” monitor is in
takes to ensure this type of incident If the concentration of total VOCs addition to the existing VOC monitor
does not happen: exceeds 10 parts per million (ppm), the that was installed by DES last spring.
monitor will automatically call the That monitor takes a 24-hour sample
• Styrene is delivered to the plant
in barge quantities only, never Hamilton County Communications every six days.
• Styrene is stored in three large
tanks. Each tank is equipped Plant Receives Top OSHA Award for 3rd Time
with temperature monitors, OSHA has recognized the LAN- “It is a pleasure to see this kind of
pressure gauges and level XESS plant for the third time in 10 years facility,” said Dennis Collins, an OSHA
indicators. for excellence in process safety and supervisor and safety specialist who was
employee safety and health. The plant one of the inspection team members.
• The temperature of the styrene
inside the tanks is routinely has been recommended for recertifica- LANXESS is currently working
monitored for proper storage tion in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection with two other local industries – Cognis
conditions. Program (VPP) as a “STAR” site. Corporation and Clean Harbors – to
The “STAR” status is the highest mentor them in their efforts to achieve
• During warm weather months,
safety award given by OSHA to manu- certification under OSHA’s VPP.
the tanks are cooled to keep
temperatures within safe levels. facturing plants. The plant has been a
STAR site since 1995 and was the first
• The tanks are routinely local industry to receive that designation.
sampled to ensure that an It is one of only a few sites that have
inhibitor agent is always
maintained this status for 10 years; there
present. More is added if
needed; this is key to prevent- are only 1,200 STAR sites nationwide
ing incidents similar to the one (out of 9 million work sites).
in the East End. As part of the recertification process,
three local OSHA inspectors visited the
• Employees routinely monitor
plant for 2 1/2 days in early November,
the styrene tank area. In
addition, video cameras are in looking in depth at process safety and
place to serve as another means employee safety and health programs Bill Villines, International Chemical
such as hearing protection, confined Workers Union president (left), Dennis
to monitor the safe handling of Collins, OSHA (middle), and Sandy
this chemical. space entry, inspections, lockout/tagout, Marshall, plant manager (right), hold the
and process hazard analyses. document that recommends recertification.
Task Force To Unveil Recommendations Report To The Community
The Addyston Environmental Task will present a six-month interim
• 9 a.m., Saturday,
Force will report its recommendations report on this data at the meeting. December 10, 2005
for improving the health and safety of DES placed an emergency response-
the Addyston area at 9 a.m., Saturday, • Hitchens Elementary School
type monitor at Hitchens in October 190 Main St., Addyston
December 10 at Hitchens Elementary (please see story on page 2).
School. All area citizens are invited. • Please plan to attend to hear
The Task Force is an independent • Communication the recommendations of the
The group developed an informa- Task Force. Free continental
group created by State Rep. Steve breakfast is provided.
tional brochure about the Task Force
Driehaus and Addyston Mayor Dan and distributed it to the community • For details, please call the
Pillow in response to accidental chemi- at Addyston’s Oktoberfest. Mayor’s office at (513)
cal releases from the LANXESS plant. 941-1313.
The Task Force created four sub- The committee reviewed the plant’s
committees to focus on specific issues: new “Community Complaint Form”
for odors and other issues and • Emergency Response
Environmental Monitoring, Communi-
recommended changes, which the The group is working on an emer-
cation with the Public, Emergency plant incorporated. gency evacuation plan for Hitchens
Response, and Plant Operations. The
Elementary School and the Village
Task Force has held monthly public “Call Command” phone services
of Addyston. LANXESS will pur-
meetings since July. are available to both the Village of
chase a handheld VOC monitor for
Here are progress highlights: Addyston and Hitchens Elemen-
the Miami Township Fire Depart-
tary School for notification about
ment. The plant will sponsor fire-
• Environmental Monitoring emergencies and other events.
fighters to attend the Texas A&M
In May, Hamilton County Depart- A “Communication Plan” is being fire training school.
ment of Environmental Services developed to keep area residents This article was written by the
(DES) placed an air monitor on the informed of safety issues, proce- Communication Subcommittee of
roof of Hitchens Elementary School dures and developments on an ongo- the Addyston Environmental Task
to sample local air. The Ohio EPA ing basis. Force. The opinions expressed are
not those of LANXESS Corporation.
Public Advisory Group This was the annual TIE conference in Columbus on
Interested in environmental, health second year October 19-21. The plant has sponsored
and safety issues? Please consider that plant em- a teacher at the event for more than 10
joining the LANXESS Public Advisory ployees helped years.
Group (PAG). The group is actively out.
Oak Hills High School
seeking citizen members. Ten new “Hurricane Relief”
citizens have joined since December LANXESS helped Oak Hills High
2004. Please contact Facilitator Deb School in its hurricane relief efforts.
Leonard at (513) 772-7903. The plant provided boxes and technical
the plant re-
LANXESS employee cently made advice on loading to the school for
United Way Campaign Terry Harris helps kids
repairs to the shipment of four truckloads of supplies
The plant donated nearly $90,000 learn about car safety
Addyston to New Orleans. Osborne Trucking
to the 2005 campaign: about $60,000
VFW Hall, including welding work on Company also donated its services in
from plant employees and $30,000
the flag pole so the U.S. flag can be delivering supplies to the school.
from a LANXESS match.
flown. In addition, plant electricians
Hitchens Safety Fair made necessary repairs to the building.
Stop, drop and roll. Wear your
seatbelt. Don’t forget your helmet! Teacher, Industry and
These are just some of the safety mes- Environment (TIE) Conference
sages that 11 LANXESS employees The plant sponsored Scott Wilson,
imparted to first graders at the Hitchens a 7th grade science teacher from Three
“Safety Fair” on September 27 and 28. Rivers Middle School, to attend the
Plant Going Beyond Compliance
The chemical industry is one of the
To Report An Odor or
most highly regulated businesses in the
world. Inspite of these tight regula-
tions, LANXESS is committed to • Call the plant 24 hours a
doing more than just being in compli- day, 7 days a week at
Dear LANXESS Neighbor... (513) 467-2400
ance with them. So, what does going
air emissions. This investment “beyond compliance” really mean? • The plant will respond to
adds to the $1.5 million invest- Here are some examples of what it you within 15 minutes.
ment announced in July by our means to LANXESS:
Global Business Head, Dr. Hans • A plant representative will
• Proactively reducing air emissions
Kogelnik, which was directed at (see story on page 1). visit your home or other
reducing plant odors and reduc- location to gather data in an
• Successfully installing new odor
attempt to resolve the issue.
ing the risk of future chemical controls at the wastewater treat-
incidents. ment plant in June.
• Improving communications with
LANXESS sees itself as an • Constructing new $1.3 million the community in 2005 and be-
important member of this com- computer controls on a plant yond (e.g., quarterly newsletter,
munity, providing jobs and sup- manufacturing process by April expanding the PAG, responding to
porting local schools, United 2006. questions from citizens via the
Way, and community safety • Initiating a new odor complaint new website, www.us.lanxess.com
awareness. However, we also process in September (see box) /our_communities/addyston.
understand and believe strongly and working to identify potential • Supporting the Addyston Environ-
in our commitment to providing a odor sources. mental Task Force and imple-
safe workplace for our employees • Pursuing certification by the end menting its recommendations
and a safe environment for you, of 2006 under a new environmen- wherever possible in 2006.
the community. tal management standard known
as Responsible Care (RC) 14001.
Using independent auditors —
Thank you for your support.
including community members
and technical experts — to
Sincerely, verify the plant’s performance.
• Purchasing a handheld VOC mon-
itor for Miami Township Fire
Sandy Marshall Dept. by the end of 2005; spon-
Head, Addyston Site soring firefighters to attend
Lanxess Styrenics/Resins Texas A&M fire training school
and expanding drills in 2006. LANXESS wastewater treatment plant.
Permit No. 627
356 Three Rivers Parkway
Addyston, OH 45001-0039