Aug 25, 2006:  Smoke spotted in sewer near Rohm and Haas plant

READING -- "The smoke was discovered while members of the neighborhood were meeting with plant officials. 'In fact, we were having our community advisory council meeting so we had our community representatives here,' said Bruce Beiser, plant manager. 'We were having a meeting discussing plant issues when the announcement came out. That's why I was here so quickly, I was already here tonight.' A portion of the plant will remain shut down Friday while fire crews flush out the sewer line," WKRC Cincinnati.
Aug 14, 2006:  Study asks if Green chemistry drives profits... or just good PR

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- "Morris points to companies such as Rohm and Haas, Codexis, Lonza, and S.C. Johnson as early adopters of these principles and leaders in the green chemistry field. 'The obvious benefits of green chemistry are good PR and the avoidance of fines for pollution offenses, but there's little industry data to indicate really to what extent companies are benefiting financially,' says Mitch Halpern," GreenBiz.com.
Mar 15, 2006:  Rohm and Haas completes preliminary investigation
Hydrogen sulfide from sewer line believed to be source

READING -- On February 15, Junior Cromer, a 28-year employee of Reading's Rohm and Haas plant died while trying to save co-worker Richard Clark's life. The preliminary investigation shows that exposure to hydrogen sulfide from a sewer line that connects two processes was the cause of death. According to Rohm and Haas, "The sewer vent was found to be plugged by hardened material from the process preventing normal escape of the vapor." A fund for the Cromer family has been set up at Fifth Third Bank in Reading. Donations can be dropped off at any Fifth Third Bank location.
Feb 21, 2006:  Mechanic dies of injuries from chemical plant leak

READING -- "Injuries from a gas leak last week at a suburban Cincinnati chemical plant have killed a mechanic, and authorities tried to figure out Monday how high concentrations of the compound formed because the company does not use the gas. William Cromer, 53, of Fayetteville, died Saturday at University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was one of 11 Rohm & Haas Co. workers sickened Wednesday in the gas leak. Some who inhaled the gas had severe respiratory problems, Reading Fire Chief Kevin Kaiser said," Cleveland Plain Dealer .

READING -- Leak test confirms poisonous hydrogen sulfide, William A. Weathers, Cincinnati Enquirer.
Feb 20, 2006:  Hydrogen Sulfide culprit in Reading plant leak

READING -- "Officials at the Rohm and Haas plant in Reading confirmed Monday that hydrogen sulfide was released last week. The chemical release is said to be responsible for the death of one employee and the sickening of another. None of the raw materials at Rohm and Haas plant are directly related to hydrogen sulfide, and plant officials are still trying to determine how it was generated, said Bruce Beiser, plant manager. Junior Cromer, of Fayetteville, was sickened trying to save a co-worker he thought was having a heart attack. Cromer died Saturday of his injuries," Tom McKee, WCPO.
Feb 19, 2006:  Reading plant chemical leak claims one man's life

READING -- "A gas leak at a Reading chemical plant last week has claimed a worker's life. Junior Cromer, of Fayetteville, worked at the Rohm and Haas plant on West Street. Investigators and company officials are still looking into what caused the gas leak that claimed Cromer's life, the last moments of which he spent trying to save another man he thought was having a heart attack," Jay Warren, WCPO.
Feb 16, 2006:  11 workers injured by leaking fumes at Reading plant

READING -- "Eleven workers were hospitalized Wednesday morning - two with critical injuries - when they were exposed to fumes leaking at the Rohm and Haas Co. chemical plant on West Street. Fire Chief Kevin Kaiser said employees were taking apart some machinery when the gas was released about 9 a.m. Kaiser said firefighters hadn't positively identified the gas, but believe it could be hydrogen sulfide. 'This is a serious incident,' Kaiser said. 'The plant has a good safety record,'" William Weathers, Cincinnati Enquirer.
Dec 7, 2004:  Rohm & Haas presented with Good Neighbor Award



CINCINNATI -- "Morton International/Rohm & Haas was recognized for significant pollution and odor reductions, as well as going 'above and beyond' in these efforts. The company significantly reduced methyl chloride pollution, invested in odor controls, worked to stop overnight truck parking, and has continued to address emergency response issues," Ohio Citizen Action.
Nov 9, 2000:  Citizen groups grade plant

READING -- "The Campaign for Safer Neighborhoods, made up of seven groups, said high levels of toxic air pollution around the plant threaten public safety, and public agenicies have failed to investigate citizen complaints about that problem. The group released its findings during a press conference at the home of Gene Koetter, who lives near the plant and has been complaining about it for 10 years to the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services and the Ohio EPA, said Rachael Belz, of Ohio Citizen Action," Cincinnati Post.
Sep 2, 2000:  Company ordered to study aquifer
EPA tells chemical plant to look for contaminants

READING -- "The Chicago district of the U.S. EPA has ordered a Reading chemical manufacturing plant to conduct a ground-water study to determine whether any contaminants have leached into the soil or the aquifer outside the plant. Bruce Beiser, plant manager of Philadelphia-based Rohm & Haas, which operates the former Morton International Inc. facility on West Street, confirmed Friday that the EPA has ordered a hydrology study by the company," Walt Schaefer, Cincinnati Enquirer.