RUBBERTOWN

PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS

In Louisville

PRODUCTS
Synthetic Rubber
Elastomers
Freon
Plexiglass

The Rubbertown Chemical complex produces a
wide variety of chemicals and materials. We
have made these products necessities in our society.
These companies employ hundreds of citizens
and bring millions of dollars into the local
economy. These companies also have by-products
and waste material that have to be dealt with.
Some of the by-products and waste material
become pollution that causes ill health.

The real exchange.

CHEMICALS
CHEMICAL FOUND IN HEALTH CONCERN
1,3 Butadiene synthetic rubber Carcinogen
Acrylonitrile air around chemical
plants
Carcinogen
Benzene crude oil to make
plastics
Carcinogen
Chloroform air/coastal waters
around chlorine
Liver and kidney
complications
Chloroprene wet suits
orthopedic braces
Kidney and dermal complications
Chromium air/water/soil due to
industial process
Neurotoxin
Ethyl acrylate acrylic nails
dental materials
flavoring agents
Carcinogen
Formaldehyde plywood
particle board
Carcinogen
Perchloroethylene drycleaning process
water repellants
Carcinogen

When Louisville's air was tested for levels of 250 chemicals, 9 results came back
at a borderline amounts. None of the nine chemicals were over their allowed
maximum, but the levels of these chemicals represent an elevated risk priority.

Legacy Chemicals

Legacy chemicals are those chemicals found in soil (and sometimes storage), that have been left by previous occupants. Even though no industry holds themselves responsible for the contamination they leave behind, the chemical pollutants remain in the soil. When new industry moves, or in some cases, when residential development moves in, the new occupants are unaware of the past chemical contamination they will now live with.

LEGACY CHEMICALS
Past Contaminators and Contaminants
Company Legacy Chemical(s)
Aetna Oil and Louisville Refinery fuels, gasoline, kerosene, naphtha, oil, petroleum coke
LG & E uncovered coal ash, mercury
National Synthetic Rubber styrene-butadiene
National Carbide calcium carbide, acetylene gas
Past Contaminators and Contaminants
Company Legacy Chemical(s)
Standard Oil Company oil refinery
Union Carbide butadiene from grain alcohol
U.S. Office of War Production calcium carbide, acetylene gas