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Petition to Inter-American Commission over health impacts of chemical & petroleum factories in Mossville, Louisiana, USA

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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Article
23 June 2008

[PDF] Second Amended Petition [to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights] and Petitioners' Observations on the Government's Reply Concerning the United States Government's Failure to Protect the Human Rights of the Residents of Mossville, Louisiana,...

Author: Nathalie Walker & Monique Harden of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, for petitioners Mossville Environmental Action Now & residents of Mossville

People living in Mossville suffer from severe health problems, elevated levels of cancer-causing and hormone-disrupting chemicals, a devastated environment, and a deteriorated quality of life, all of which arise from governmental approvals of highly toxic industrial development in and around Mossville. The United States government and its political subdivisions have authorized fourteen industrial facilities to manufacture, process, store, and discharge toxic and hazardous substances in close geographic proximity to Mossville residents... [The] environmental and health agencies of the United States...have failed to adequately address this environmental health crisis that denies Mossville residents their fundamental human rights to life, health, and privacy. Furthermore, although the United States government has acknowledged the pervasive pattern of discrimination that subjects Mossville...to racially disproportionate toxic pollution burdens, the United States government has failed to protect the human right to freedom from racial discrimination.
[refers to Entergy, PPG. ConocoPhillips, Georgia Gulf, Lyondell (now LyondellBasell, part of Access Industries), Sasol, Air Liquide, CertainTeed (part of Saint-Gobain), Tetra Technologies, Excel Paralubes (joint venture Flint Hills Resources [part of Koch Industries] & ConocoPhillips), PHH Monomers (joint venture Georgia Gulf & PPG Industries), Biolab Inc. (part of Chemtura)]

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Company non-response
22 August 2007

ConocoPhillips did not respond to: Mossville, Louisiana residents have high levels of toxic chemicals in their blood & environment, according to US Govt. data - NGO report says nearby factories, including a ConocoPhillips oil refinery, are responsible.

Company non-response
22 August 2007

Lyondell (part of Access Industries) did not respond to: Mossville, Louisiana residents have high levels of toxic chemicals in their blood & environment, according to US Govt. data - NGO report says nearby factories, including a Lyondell facility, are...

Article
15 August 2007

Companies' responses to concerns about environmental health in Mossville/Lake Charles region, Louisiana, USA

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Includes responses by Entergy, PPG. ConocoPhillips, Georgia Gulf, Lyondell did not respond. Sasol has indicated that it is preparing a response. The report also notes that additional industrial facilities are nearby...companies that have (or previously had) facilities in the area provided clarifying statements about their operations: Air Liquide, CertainTeed (part of Saint-Gobain), Tetra Technologies]

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Company response
15 August 2007

Response by PPG: Mossville, Louisiana residents have high levels of toxic chemicals in their blood & environment, according to US Govt. data - NGO report says nearby factories, including a PPG Industries facility, are responsible.

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Company response
15 August 2007

Response by Sasol: Mossville, Louisiana residents have high levels of toxic chemicals in their blood & environment, according to US Govt. data - NGO report says nearby factories, including a Sasol facility, are responsible.

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Company response
24 July 2007

Response by Georgia Gulf: Mossville, Louisiana residents have high levels of toxic chemicals in their blood & environment, according to US Govt. data - NGO report says nearby factories, including a Georgia Gulf facility, are responsible.

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Company response
14 July 2007

Response by Entergy: Mossville, Louisiana residents have high levels of toxic chemicals in their blood & environment, according to US Govt. data - NGO report says nearby factories, including an Entergy power plant, are responsible.

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