Chevron Phillips Pasadena
The Chevron Phillips Pasadena Plastics complex is a group of chemical plants located in Pasadena, Texas. The facilities located there are owned and operated by Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. The complex covers 630 acres and is made up of three plants located on the Houston Ship Channel in Pasadena. These facilities manufacture resins and other plastic materials including ethylene vinyl acetate resin, nylon, unsaturated polyester resin, floropolymyer resin, liquid crystal, polycarbonate, acrylonitrile butadiene and polybutylene terepthatlate.
Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, Chevron Phillips operates 36 facilities worldwide with more than 5,000 employees. The Pasadena complex has approximately 200 employees and supplies needed for operations are obtained from local businesses whenever possible. The company is a joint venture between Chevron and ConocoPhillips.
The Pasadena Plastics complex was established in 1949, and produces approximately 2.2 billion pounds of polyethylene, 310 million pounds of K-Resin and 810 million pounds of polypropylene. A high-density plant was added to the site in 1961. Polypropylene production on the site began in 1971. K-Resin production was initiated in 1979. In 1982, a small organic liquids plant was added to the site to accommodate specialty chemicals. 750 employees are officially assigned to all plants on the site.
Chevron Phillips treats some of the chemicals made at the plant as human carcinogens. The company employs a health hygiene program to control exposure in such cases. Annual medical exams specific to the chemicals manufactured at the site are performed on all employees at the facilities. Work activities at all Chevron Phillips’ facilities are categorized by their level of potential contact by employees. Details of all such testing are available upon request from Chevron Phillips.
Despite the programs and medical exams enforced by the complex to control exposure to harmful materials, it is likely that the Chevron Phillips Complex itself poses a threat to employees. There is a chance that during construction of these facilities, asbestos was used as a form of insulation. Although it may be effective in protecting the infrastructure from fire, heat and chemicals, asbestos does pose a considerable health threat to those that have been in contact with it. Even small particles of asbestos introduced to the body can cause serious medical conditions and development of diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer that has a poor prognosis rate and can posses a latency period of 20 to 50 years.