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Stauffer Chemical Company, Henderson, Nevada

The Stauffer Chemical Company began leasing its chemical plant from a U.S. government site in Henderson, Nevada, in 1945. After buying the site in 1952, the Stauffer chemical plant continued its operations until 1988, when it was sold to Pioneer Chlor Alkali. Pioneer also performed chemical operations at the site until it was purchased by Olin Corporation and became Olin Chlor Alkali. Today, Olin still produces chemicals at the site.

Chemicals Produced by Stauffer Chemical Company

The Henderson, Nevada, site was designed to become the world’s largest magnesium plant in order to support the U.S. government’s wartime need for magnesium. However, magnesium production led to chlorine-caustic production. When Stauffer Chemical Company began its lease in 1945, it took over the chlorine-caustic plant at the site. Here, Stauffer Chemical Company produced the following chemical items:

  • Chlorine
  • Caustic
  • Chemicals for agricultural purposes

Olin Chlor Alkali still uses this site to produce chlorine and caustic as well as bleach and hydrochloric acid. However, the site is under scrutiny for allegedly leaking chemicals into the soil and groundwater supply.

Chemicals and Asbestos

Unfortunately, the age of this chemical site makes it a likely suspect for asbestos contamination. Asbestos is a durable material that can insulate against chemicals, heat, flame, and electricity. However, eventually the aging process can cause asbestos fibers to flake off. They can then become airborne or trapped in drinking water, where workers and nearby residents can unknowingly inhale or ingest the fibers.

For More Information

If you have lived near or worked in an older chemical plant, you may have been exposed to asbestos fibers. This can lead to dangerous health conditions like mesothelioma or asbestosis. To learn more about the risks of asbestos in chemical plants, please contact a mesothelioma lawyer of Williams Hart today by calling 800-781-3955 today.

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