Rubbertown http://wfpl.org en Metro Council Wants More Study on Tax Incentive for Lubrizol, Hearing Rubbertown Health Concerns http://wfpl.org/post/metro-council-wants-more-study-tax-incentive-lubrizol-hearing-rubbertown-health-concerns <p>Metro Council voted yesterday to return a resolution to give tax incentives to a Rubbertown company back to committee, after hearing from numerous West Louisville residents about health concerns in the neighborhood.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:40:57 +0000 Erica Peterson 8596 at http://wfpl.org Metro Council Wants More Study on Tax Incentive for Lubrizol, Hearing Rubbertown Health Concerns Obama Issues Executive Order Addressing Chemical Plant Safety http://wfpl.org/post/obama-issues-executive-order-addressing-chemical-plant-safety <p>In the wake of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant,<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/01/executive-order-improving-chemical-facility-safety-and-security" target="_blank"> President Obama has issued an executive order</a> to improve the safety and security of chemical manufacturing facilities. The measure will likely have implications for Louisville's Rubbertown.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:21:30 +0000 Erica Peterson 6326 at http://wfpl.org Obama Issues Executive Order Addressing Chemical Plant Safety Regulators Recommend Further Restrictions on Public Access at Lees Lane Landfill http://wfpl.org/post/regulators-recommend-further-restrictions-public-access-lees-lane-landfill <p>The Kentucky Division of Waste Management says <a href="http://kydep.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/lees-lane-sample-results-show-additional-work-needed/" target="_blank">recent soil tests </a>suggest the public should stay off of the Lees Lane Landfill site.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:13:38 +0000 Erica Peterson 5950 at http://wfpl.org Regulators Recommend Further Restrictions on Public Access at Lees Lane Landfill Rubbertown Residents Get Fourth Code Red Alert in Two Weeks http://wfpl.org/post/rubbertown-residents-get-fourth-code-red-alert-two-weeks <p>A Code Red alert was issued as a precaution to Rubbertown residents today, after a 20% solution of sodium hydroxide was released at Lubrizol's plant. Metropolitan Sewer District and the Lake Dreamland Fire Department responded; it was classified as a Level 1 hazmat, and authorities decided there was no risk to the public.</p><p>But this was the fourth chemical spill in about two weeks in the area, beginning with the hydrochloric acid release on June 9 at DuPont's plant. Last week, American Synthetic Rubber reported two releases of hydraulic fluid--one of 150 gallons, and one of 60 to 80 gallons. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:08:29 +0000 Erica Peterson 5890 at http://wfpl.org Work Continues to Neutralize Chemical After Spill at DuPont Plant http://wfpl.org/post/work-continues-neutralize-chemical-after-spill-dupont-plant <p>Work is still ongoing to neutralize hundreds of thousands of gallons of a dangerous chemical at DuPont Louisville’s plant, after an equipment malfunction led to a leak yesterday.</p><p>DuPont officials say it seems a faulty flange on a 500,000 gallon tank of hydrochloric acid caused the leak. About 1500 pounds of the chemical was released into the air and onto the ground, and those living within a mile of the plant were told to shelter-in-place yesterday evening. Now, crews are working to neutralize the chemical and remove it, a process that could take up to two days.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:44:25 +0000 Erica Peterson 5721 at http://wfpl.org 'Shelter-in-Place' Lifted Near Rubbertown After Chemical Leak http://wfpl.org/post/shelter-place-lifted-near-rubbertown-after-chemical-leak <p><strong>UPDATE, 10:52 pm: </strong>Officials say the Shelter-in-Place has been lifted for residents living within one mile of the DuPont Louisville plant in Rubbertown.&nbsp;</p><p>A tank filled with 400,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid is still leaking, but officials have determined there is no risk to the public or plant workers.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency, Metropolitan Sewer&nbsp;District, the health and fire departments are on sight working with DuPont to help contain the chemical.</p><p>Officials say the situation is stable.</p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 23:43:32 +0000 Erica Peterson 5707 at http://wfpl.org New Clean Water Technology Will Be Tested in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/new-clean-water-technology-will-be-tested-louisville <p>A new nanotechnology to clean up contaminated water will soon be tested in Louisville. It will use two precious metals—gold and palladium—to remove chloroform from contaminated groundwater at the DuPont plant in Rubbertown.</p><p>Nanotechnology is a term that refers to materials made in a lab that manipulate chemicals at an atomic level. They’re smaller than a red blood cell, hence “nano.”</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:27:51 +0000 Erica Peterson 4989 at http://wfpl.org New Clean Water Technology Will Be Tested in Louisville Budget Cuts May Lead to Reduction in Toxic Air Monitoring in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/budget-cuts-may-lead-reduction-toxic-air-monitoring-louisville <p>Without some additional grant funding, the air toxics monitoring run out of the University of Louisville will have to scale back next year.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 4319 at http://wfpl.org Budget Cuts May Lead to Reduction in Toxic Air Monitoring in Louisville Air Pollution Control District Fines Rubbertown Company http://wfpl.org/post/air-pollution-control-district-fines-rubbertown-company <p>The Air Pollution Control District and Momentive Specialty Chemicals <a href="http://www.louisvilleky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/C056B5FD-23BA-4C7F-A11A-990A05FC3F38/0/AgreedBoardOrder201301Momentive.pdf" target="_blank">have reached an agreement </a>on alleged violations at the company's Rubbertown plant. The proposed settlement fines Momentive $13,500 for failing to report excess emissions. There will be a public hearing on the fine next Wednesday at 10am, and the Air Pollution Control Board will vote on the settlement.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:46:12 +0000 Erica Peterson 3969 at http://wfpl.org Residents Welcome More Regulations for Rubbertown Plants http://wfpl.org/post/residents-welcome-more-regulations-rubbertown-plants <p>After concluding that a&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/update-carbide-ignored-warning-signs-march-2011-explosion-rubbertown">deadly 2011 explosion at the Carbide Industries plant in Rubbertown&nbsp;could have been prevented</a>, the Federal Chemical Safety Board has approved recommendations aimed at making sure industries won't have a chance to replicate the unsafe conditions—a move&nbsp;Rubbertown residents welcomed.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 02:44:14 +0000 Gabe Bullard 3880 at http://wfpl.org Residents Welcome More Regulations for Rubbertown Plants