2:40 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Metro Council Wants More Study on Tax Incentive for Lubrizol, Hearing Rubbertown Health Concerns

Erica Peterson WFPL

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.

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5:21 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Obama Issues Executive Order Addressing Chemical Plant Safety

Erica Peterson WFPL

In the wake of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, President Obama has issued an executive order to improve the safety and security of chemical manufacturing facilities. The measure will likely have implications for Louisville's Rubbertown.

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1:13 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Regulators Recommend Further Restrictions on Public Access at Lees Lane Landfill

A sign on the Lees Lane Landfill.

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management says recent soil tests suggest the public should stay off of the Lees Lane Landfill site.

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3:08 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Rubbertown Residents Get Fourth Code Red Alert in Two Weeks

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.

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.

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4:44 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Work Continues to Neutralize Chemical After Spill at DuPont Plant

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.

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.

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7:43 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

'Shelter-in-Place' Lifted Near Rubbertown After Chemical Leak

UPDATE, 10:52 pm: Officials say the Shelter-in-Place has been lifted for residents living within one mile of the DuPont Louisville plant in Rubbertown. 

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.

The Environmental Protection Agency, Metropolitan Sewer District, the health and fire departments are on sight working with DuPont to help contain the chemical.

Officials say the situation is stable.

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5:27 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

New Clean Water Technology Will Be Tested in Louisville

Rice University scientists Michael Wong (left) and Juan Velazquez are working with researchers at DuPont and Stanford University to field test PGClear, a scalable process for removing chlorinated pollutants from water.
Jeff Fitlow Rice University

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.

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.”

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8:30 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Budget Cuts May Lead to Reduction in Toxic Air Monitoring in Louisville

The air monitoring program's funding has decreased significantly since 2008.
Russ Barnett KIESD

Without some additional grant funding, the air toxics monitoring run out of the University of Louisville will have to scale back next year.

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11:46 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Air Pollution Control District Fines Rubbertown Company

The Air Pollution Control District and Momentive Specialty Chemicals have reached an agreement 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.

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9:44 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Residents Welcome More Regulations for Rubbertown Plants

Eboni Cochran of Rubbertown Emergency ACTion addresses the CSB
Credit Laura Valentine / WFPL News

After concluding that a deadly 2011 explosion at the Carbide Industries plant in Rubbertown could have been prevented, 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 Rubbertown residents welcomed.

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