Mossville report - July 2007

Concerns over environmental impacts of industrial facilities in Mossville / Lake Charles, Louisiana & company responses

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the companies referred to in the following items to respond to the concerns raised:

- "Industrial Sources of Dioxin Poisoning in Mossville, Louisiana: A Report Based on the Government’s Own Data" [PDF], Mossville Environmental Action Now, Wilma Subra (The Subra Company), Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, July 2007

- "Health-US: Tiny Town Demands Justice in Dioxin Poisoning", Adrianne Appel, IPS News, 25 July 2007

- "Report Links Corporate Pollution to Dioxin Found in Blood of Louisiana Residents", Corporate Crime Reporter, 24 July 2007

The "Industrial Sources of Dioxin Poisoning" report states that facilities belonging to the following companies "are the sources of the elevated dioxin levels in the Mossville community". The companies' responses were as follows:

- ConocoPhillips did not respond

- Entergy response [DOC]

- Georgia Gulf response [DOC]
     Georgia Gulf also provided a copy of "Calcasieu Parish: State of the Environment" [DOC], Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce - Environmental Committee, 2004

- Lyondell did not respond

- PPG Industries response [DOC]

- Sasol response [DOC]

 

The report also notes that additional industrial facilities are nearby.  Several of the companies that have (or previously had) facilities in the area provided clarifying statements about their operations:

- Air Liquide statement [DOC]

- CertainTeed (part of Saint-Gobain) statement [PDF]

- Tetra Technologies statement [DOC]

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