Kuehne Chemical Co., Inc.

Kuehne Chemical Co., Inc.

According to 's own reports to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Risk Management Program, its Kuehne Chemical Co., Inc. in South Kearny, NJ puts 12,000,000 people at risk due to the bulk use and storage of Chlorine. An accident involving this chemical could potentially impact an area up to 14.00 miles downwind of the plant.

This facility uses bulk shipments of chlorine to produce liquid bleach. It also repackages and distributes chlorine in smaller containers. However, safer alternatives are available. Alternative: Produce bleach on-site from salt and electricity without shipping or storing chlorine gas; phase out distribution of chlorine gas. The only sure way to safeguard employees and surrounding communities from a chemical disaster is prevention.

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Vulnerabilty Zones

The red circle around each chemical plant marks the "vulnerability zone". The size of this zone varies for each facility and ranges from less than a mile to 25 miles. Each zone was determined by the plant owner based on the type and quantity of the toxic chemical on site, local topography and weather patterns. Anyone within this zone could potentially be impacted by a toxic chemical release. Impacts could range from minor injury to fatality depending on the chemical involved and the extent of exposure. The EPA requires chemical companies to determine these zones and report them once every five years in the facilty's risk management plan. Find out more about EPA's Risk Management Program

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Note: All data is based on hand-written notes taken from reports issued to the Environmental Protection Agency by owners and operators of facilities through the Risk Management Program. Inaccuracies may occur from human error or may be out of date as these reports are updated sporadically by companies either every five years or when a process change occurs at a facility.  All data is current as of October, 2011.

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