Chocolate Bayou Plant
Closed in August of 2009, The LyondellBasell Chocolate Bayou Polymer manufacturing Plant made use of ethylene in the production of an HDPE, or high density polyethylene resin. This resin was used by the customers of LyondellBasell to create a range of consumer products, including plastics used in house wares, parts for trucks and automotives, materials for construction, personal care products, and food packaging. LyondellBassell's Chocolate Bayou plant served customers along the Gulf Coast, loading product into a pipeline as needed. Its customers could take their requirement from the pipeline in a manner similar to someone filling up with gas.
Employee volunteers conducted hands-on science activities in classrooms, sparking student interest in science through LyondellBasell’s Explore & Experiment program. Created by LyondellBasell and educators, the Explore & Experiment program includes lesson plans and activities for grades K – 12, and is a useful resource for teachers. Although the Chocolate Bayou Plant has closed, LyondellBasell is still the third largest manufacturing company of chemicals that is independently owned on the globe. Each year, the company brings in close to $31 billion from all over the globe in annual revenue, and around 14,000 employees work for the industry.
It is very likely that the Chocolate Bayou Plant used asbestos when constructing the plant facilities. Many chemical plants built before 1980 are infamous for using the cheap and abundant mineral asbestos to insulate walls, piping and even make protective clothing for workers to wear while on the job. The effects of breathing in asbestos are latent for 20 to 50 years; however they can cause serious diseases such as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer, and since symptoms may not arise for up to 50 years, by the time a person is diagnosed, the cancer has spread and is nearly untreatable by conventional treatments. References: