Niagara Gazette


January 7, 2013

HIGGS: Olin Corp. and its Citizen Advisory Panel


Niagara Gazette — Beginning in 2013, the program will introduce new codes for product safety and process safety. There will also be an additional focus on waste, reuse and recycling. More information can be found on their website: Olin Corporation is a member of the American Chemistry Council.

Ken Morgan, Olin’s director of bleach, gave the presentation on the importance of bleach to Olin’s future. Municipalities are changing direction in water and wastewater purification and disinfection and Olin’s future plans include this market share. Olin is North America’s leading manufacturer of industrial bleach and is moving toward the use of railroad transport to move its product throughout the nation. Their current fleet of 500 rail cars carries bleach as far as 2,600 miles with no adverse effects of the product. Temperatures inside the rail cars can be controlled to avoid degradation in product strength and quality. Olin has invested $60 million in three manufacturing locations including its Niagara Falls plant.

CAP reports included a presentation by Rodney Fitzgerald who represented a multi-industry CAP in Charleston, Tenn. The CAP includes 35 members who meet six times per year in odd-numbered months. Membership is composed of several educators, emergency management personnel, Olin retirees, Chamber of Commerce representatives and Olin personnel. The meetings feature reports from the plant on safety, environment, process and distribution issues and community involvement. Speakers are invited to present on topics of interest throughout the area and include educators, government officials and elected representatives.

Tim Johnson reported on another multi-company CAP in St. Gabriel, La., which includes the Olin facility. The CAP includes 19 community representative and 11 facilities and holds monthly meetings. Yearend recaps, expansion plans, hiring outlooks safety council presentations and a review of each plant’s toxic inventory release numbers are covered during the year.

Henderson Nevada was represented by Rita Waroway, a retired Olin employee and Peter Faur, who facilitated our conference as well as the HICAP, multi-company CAP in Henderson. This CAP has 27 members including some from each of the four plants in the group, fire and police representatives, retirees, local residents, business owners, a civic organization and the principal of a local elementary school. They meet six times per year covering topics such as local soil and groundwater remediation efforts, tours of the member facilities, state wide economic development projects and local police department reports on some of its programs.

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