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Naugatuck Chemical Company, Naugatuck, Connecticut

The Naugatuck Chemical Company, now known as the Uniroyal Chemical Company, helped define Connecticut as one of the important rubber-producing areas of the United States. Built in 1904 in Naugatuck, Connecticut, this chemical plant mainly produced sulfuric acid in its early years, which was then needed to reclaim used rubber. At its peak, this large chemical complex employed 9,500 people.

Pollution from Naugatuck Chemical Company

Besides sulfuric acid, the Naugatuck chemical plant produced many other chemicals, including:

  • Acetic acid
  • Aniline
  • Antimony sulfides
  • Hydrofluoric acid
  • Muriatic acid
  • Nitric acid
  • Nitrobenzene

With these chemicals, the chemical plant then created latex, insecticides, and fungicides, among many other products. However, there were several accidents with these powerful chemicals, such as an explosion in 1920. Later, historical records showed that pollution from the plant was so bad that the nearby river changed colors.

Chemical Plants and Asbestos Exposure

Before the 1980s, asbestos was a common building material for chemical plants due to its ability to resist heat, flame, chemicals, and electricity. Thus, explosions and pollution from the Naugatuck Chemical Company may have also released the carcinogen asbestos into the environment as well as the chemicals themselves. This means that everyone who worked at the plant or lived in the nearby community may have suffered from asbestos exposure, which has been linked to health problems like mesothelioma and lung cancer.

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If you worked or lived near a chemical plant built prior to the 1980s, such as the Naugatuck Chemical Company, you should talk to your doctor immediately about testing for asbestos-related conditions. For more information regarding asbestos exposure and its risks, please fill out the contact form at the top of the page and contact an asbestos lawyer of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-781-3955.

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