A "Toxic Tour" is an information-based tour of community environmental risk. The area between New Castle and Delaware City has numerous sites that have contaminated the environment and pose a risk to public health. Public knowledge of industrial pollution is vital to protecting current and future generations from harm. The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club's environmental justice initiative synthesizes environmental information in one central location, providing community members with valuable information about environmental and health risk.
Kuehne Chemical Company
Kuehne Chemical Co. is a chlor-alkali bleach manufacturer and reseller of the following products: chlorine and caustic soda, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, fluorine, arsenic, boron, carbon, phosphorus, selenium, silicon, sulfur, tellurium, astatine, bromine, and iodine. Formerly known as Chloramone Corporation, the River Road facility was acquired by Kuehne Chemical Company in 1989, and was expanded in 1998. The site is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Resource Recovery and Conservation Act as a hazardous waste generator, and under the Clean Air Act, requiring a Title V Permit.
Metachem Products LLC
The Metachem site operated from 1966 until 2002, when it declared bankruptcy. In addition to manufacturing chlorinated benzenes, which are toxic, long-lived chemicals used to make herbicides and pesticides, toxic waste from industrial plants around the globe was also recycled at the facility. Metachem was once ranked as the world's leading source of some toxic compounds.
Motiva Industrial Waste Landfill
The Motiva Industrial Waste Landfill was used by the Delaware City Refinery for disposal of refinery wastes. Petroleum coke (a byproduct of oil refinery coker units and cracker processes) and fly ash (fine particles that rise with flue gases), as well as chunk coke, inert debris, slag, oily dirt and bio filter cake from the Delaware City Refinery’s wastewater treatment plant from 1994 to 2004, when ownership of the Refinery was transferred from Motiva to Premcor.
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