Two DuPont chemical facilities in Delaware and New Jersey failed citizen safety inspections as the plants continue to pose a catastrophic risk to 2 million people. Greenpeace inspectors conducted land, air and water inspections of these high-risk chemical plants to highlight the reasons we need safer alternatives and to call attention to federal legislation that would help reduce the potential of chemical disasters.
Putting up fences and security cameras won't
protect workers and communities from tons of poison gases that are
stored in these facilities. The only foolproof way to protect
communities is to use safer chemical processes that reduce both the
possibility of a catastrophic accident and the attractiveness of
these facilities as a terrorist target.
Safer alternatives DO exist
The fact of the matter is that DuPont can convert their plants,
they simply lack the will to do so. The recent disasters in the
petrochemical industry show us that we can't rely on the industry
to regulate itself.
The greatest risk posed by U.S. chemical plants is the use of
huge quantities of poison gases such as chlorine. Fortunately safer
processes are available for virtually all of them.
In fact, more than 500 chemical plants have switched to safer
chemicals or processes over the last ten years. This common sense
action has reduced catastrophic risks to 40 million Americans.
That's the good news. The bad news is that most of the highest risk
plants have NOT adopted safer processes -- and they won't until
laws are passed that require them to do so.
Lobbying against safety
Since the 9/11 attacks, chemical industry lobbyists, including
Dow, DuPont, BP and Exxon have blocked strong legislation.
Greenpeace identified 169 lobbyists registered to keep Congress
from enacting a strong chemical security law. But last November,
the House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 2868) that would
reduce these risks. It's now time for the U.S. Senate to do the
same. Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) will soon introduce the "Secure
Chemical and Water Facilities Act" in the Senate.
In 2009, Clorox announced that they would convert all of their
U.S. plants to reduce these risks. If Clorox can do it, why won't
Failed Security Inspections
DuPont Edge Moor
- Vulnerability Zone Population = 660,000
- Process - Uses chlorine gas in producing titanium dioxide
- Alternative - Use the sulfate process; also, chlorine can be
generated as needed without bulk storage.
DuPont Chamber Works
- Vulnerability Zone Population = 2,000,000
- Process - Uses chlorine gas to make phosgene as needed in
producing aramid polymers
- Alternative - Generage chlorine gas as needed or co-locate with
an as needed source; eliminate or minimize storage.
Read the report
Passed Security Inspection
City of Wilmington Water Pollution
Control Facility Wilmington, DE
- Plant Type: Wastewater treatment
- Previously used chlorine gas
- Switched to liquid bleach disinfection
- 560,000 people no longer at risk
Prevent a toxic nightmare in your community
Greenpeace uncovered chemical security risks at two chemical
plants in Delaware and New Jersey. Did you know that the Department
of Homeland Security has identified over 5,333 "high-risk" chemical
plants in the United States? They plan to inspect only 3% of them
by the end of 2010. Just 300 of these plants together put 110
million Americans at risk.
You or someone you love could be in the vulnerability zone.
Please help us get the word out!
Urge your Senators to prevent a toxic nightmare in your
community by co-sponsoring and voting for the "Secure Chemical and
Water Facilities Act." Safer technologies exist, let's help make
them a reality!
Prevent a toxic nightmare in your community!