Wednesday, January 11, 2023


 As a broad, general statement there is absolutely no doubt that Uniroyal/Crompton/Chemtura abused the *Responsible Care ethic and slogan for self-serving purposes. Those purposes were to attempt to show themselves in a far better environmental light than they deserved. Regarding Lanxess I also am not impressed with their willingness/keenness to go along with the facade/sham of public consultation on display in Woolwich Township and surrounding the alleged "cleanup" of the Elmira Aquifers and of the Canagagigue Creek. Their actual actions regarding the "cleanup" range from inadequate (lack of source removal) to pathetic with their claims that there are no "unacceptable risks" to human health in the downstream Canagagigue Creek. Funny but I don't see any of them or their consultants living downstream along the Canagagigue Creek. It's mighty easy to claim that there are no health risks from driving drunk if you never ride in an automobile. Similarly it's easy to say that opioids are not a social health issue if you and your family have been fortunate enough to never have needed them medically. And on and on  as "suits" run the "cleanup" and tell the exposed public "Don't worry, be happy, we are in charge and in control."

A while back I read some literature regarding *Responsible Care. It was enlightening and informative. If followed to the letter I have little doubt that chemical companies could greatly improve their negative impacts on society, the environment and on human health. From my reading *Responsible Care acknowledges not only current operations but also past, historical actions that can still impact society today. That is to their credit. Therefore why is their Citizens Advisory Panel (CAP) advised that while yes they are part of the *Responsible Care program, they the CAP are only to discuss/consult on current operations not past? That seems more than a little hypocritical and self-serving to me. 


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