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.
|CHEMICAL||FOUND IN||HEALTH CONCERN|
|1,3 Butadiene||synthetic rubber||Carcinogen|
|Acrylonitrile||air around chemical
|Benzene||crude oil to make
|Liver and kidney
|Kidney and dermal complications|
|Chromium||air/water/soil due to
|Ethyl acrylate||acrylic nails
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 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.