LyondellBasell Victoria Plant
The LyondellBasell Victoria Plant is a chemical manufacturing plant located near Texas Highway 185 outside of Victoria on the way to Bloomington. The plant is on 33 acres of land and is responsible for the manufacturing of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). These plastic resins are used to make a variety of consumer and industrial products. Some of the products manufactured at the plant include auto parts, packaging, grocery bags, and personal care items. LyondellBasell claims a large responsibility for the environment and community of Victoria, Texas. The company aims to reach environmental sustainability and social sustainability by providing economic value to the area. The plant not only provides well-paying jobs, but it purchases products and services from local businesses for millions of dollars every year. The high property taxes paid by the plant go towards funding schools and services of the government. LyondellBasell vehemently claims to operate the Victoria Plant in such a way as to protect the environment and the local population from any form of danger. The plant is operated with the principles of sustainable development always in mind. Continuous improvements are made of the facilities to improve safety for employees, local residents, and the environment. Despite the plants claims to operate their plant in an environmentally friendly way, it is very possible that they are doing serious harm to their employees without them even knowing about it. Many plants built before 1980 used the mineral asbestos as a highly effective insulator. This fiber, found in everything from walls and ceiling tiles to generators, work benches and even protective clothing for workers, has been found to be extremely toxic and if inhaled over a long period of time, can be fatal. One illness caused by exposure to asbestos is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer with a latency period of 20 to 50 years. Because the cancer is so advanced by the time it is detected, it is very difficult to cure and conventional cancer treatments tend to be ineffective.