LyondellBasell Newark Plant
The LyondellBasell Newark plant is a chemical plant located in Newark, New Jersey. The 3.5 acre plant, constructed in 1954, employs nine people. The primary product of the plant is denatured alcohol. This type of chemical is used in several pharmaceutical, cosmetic, disinfectant, cleaning, industrial and personal care products.
The Newark facility makes efforts to address community and environmental concerns. The plant has an annual payroll in excess of $700,000 (including benefits). The plant annually purchases approximately $320,000 in goods and services from local businesses as of 2007. The site pays $30,000 in annual local and real estate taxes. Safety records for the site are available upon request.
LyondellBasell has annual revenues of more than $30 billion with over 14,000 employees at all facilities worldwide. The company uses vertically integrated facilities in order to streamline processes used in its plants. This includes processes used to help applications at each facility operate more effectively and efficiently. Products manufactured at the LyondellBasell Newark plant, and other plants owned by LyondellBasell, are used for lightweight plastics, personal care products, automotive components, medical applications, bio-fuels, durable textiles, construction materials and other related products.
The denatured alcohol manufactured at LyondellBasell’s Newark facility is used in a number of products. These include perfumes, cleaning solutions, hair spray, plastics and pharmaceuticals. The Newark plant has made efforts to become a part of the community and address any concerns regarding any environmental impact the plant would have on the community.
Like many plants built before 1980, it is possible that the Newark plant used the natural mineral asbestos as an insulator for their ceiling tiles, walls and pipes, to name a few. Although a good fire retardant, asbestos is a toxic fiber. Once it is airborne, asbestos can be inhaled and cause serious injury to those in close contact with it. Asbestos exposure can cause illnesses such as asbestosis and more seriously, mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer with a latency period of 20 to 50 years. Unfortunately, since the cancer stays under the radar for so long, once a patient is diagnosed with mesothelioma, there is little to no conventional treatment that will be of help to them.