September 15, 2008

Chemical Facilities in Gulf Work to Recover From Ike


Contact: Scott Jensen of the American Chemistry Council, +1-703- 741-5834, [email protected]

ACC Members Working with Government Officials to Resume Operations as Quickly and Safely as Possible

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following Saturday's landfall of Hurricane Ike through an area of major chemical production in the Gulf region of theUnited States, American Chemistry Council (ACC) President & CEO, Cal Dooley issued the following statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas and Louisiana as well as the emergency response teams that are working hard to recover from Hurricane Ike," said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. "While many facilities have not reported significant damage and we have no reports of releases, some facilities - particularly east of Houston are still assessing the impact as flooding of local roads continue to limit access to numerous sites."

"The one-two punch of Gustav and Ike has created major challenges for chemical facilities in the Gulf coast area as they try to resume normal operations as quickly and safely as possible. Facility operators continue to work closely with government officials to expedite the safe movement of employees and materials in and out of areas impacted by the storms."

"ACC member companies place great importance on implementing emergency plans focused on protecting the safety of employees, the environment and surrounding communities," said Dooley. "Under Responsible Care(R), our trademark health, safety, environment and security program, all ACC members have long-established emergency plans, which are activated in close coordination with local, state and national authorities as well as other businesses and transportation systems, in advance of an approaching storms like Ike and Gustav."

Texas and Louisiana are the leading domestic producers of chemicals, accounting for 28% of the chemical production in the U.S., and critical to supplying the raw materials used to manufacture products that are essential to modern life.

ACC represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry and 90 percent of the productive capacity for basic industrial chemicals in the United States. The business of chemistry is a $664 billion a year high-tech industry and one of the largest and most globally competitive exporting sectors in the U.S., with exports totaling $109 billion in 2004. U.S. chemicals exports support 227,000 of the nearly one million American jobs provided by the chemical industry.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care(R), common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $664 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar inU.S.exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nations critical infrastructure.

SOURCE American Chemistry Council

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