Lanxess Plant Manager Sandy Marshall (back) talks
to neighbors (front table) Pam Jackson, Nancy Scott, Sue Lloyd, (back table)
Betty Snow, Carol Bowman, Lynn Bowman, & Ohio Citizen Action Volunteer Kathy
Neighbors of the Lanxess plastics plant met with new plant
manager Sandy Marshall on Wednesday, September 14. Neighbors continued
to ask questions about chemical releases and odors. Since Marshall took
over the Lanxess plant on July 14, neighbors have registered complaints
with the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services about eleven
separate incidents of chemical odors. Neighbors agreed that the odors
have increased in the last two weeks. Lynn Bowman, Addyston resident,
commented, "I've probably smelled chemical odors ten out of the past fourteen
days." Lanxess has also had seven accidents releasing 179 lbs. of toxic
chemical waste into the air since July 14.
Sandy Marshall attempts to answer neighbors questions.
Betsy Eckert, Cheryl Siefert, and Pam Jackson look on.
Sick neighbors want to know when the chemical releases and odors will
stop. Marshall's responded that Lanxess is focusing in on the problems
and said, "fugitive emissions are our top priority." He gave neighbors
no specific updates about projects in the works or possible plans to work
on issues. Marshall commented that Lanxess would be announcing plans to
address problems at the plant at a special public advisory group meeting
on September 22.
Kathy, Carol, Lynn, and Betty wait to hear news
Two neighbors at the meeting told Marshall they have experienced adverse
effects from the chemical odors. A North Bend resident, who had been recovering
from ill health, relapsed last Sunday after he attended an outdoor party
that was thick with chemical odors from Lanxess. The resident's wife pleaded
with Marshall, telling him, "I want my husband to live a normal life.
He finally gets a day outside and it is ruined." Dick Challis, Erlanger,
KY resident, has high sensitivity to butadiene emissions. Every time the
company releases the chemicals into the air, Dick strangles for breath.
The Challis family has been keeping a log of the pollution. The Challis
pollution logs coincide with the logs of neighbors in Sayler Park, Addyston
and North Bend.
Cheryl Siefert is sick of the chemicals in the air.