Printer Friendly

J.H. Baxter goes extra mile to be good neighbor.

Byline: GUEST VIEWPOINT By David McCreary For The Register-Guard

Should environmental regulations be bent and manipulated because homeowners wear respirators and masks? Wearing a respirator may be a dramatic photo op, but it diverts people from several important facts about the J.H. Baxter plant in Bethel (Register-Guard, Oct. 14 and 15):

J.H. Baxter is in full compliance with air emission standards and air pollution standards.

The company has voluntarily been working with the Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority to reduce emissions and fumes below the legal maximums.

The company has invested heavily in scrubbers, vacuum pumps and other equipment that reduce air emissions. A third vacuum pump will be installed in 45 days that will cut out virtually all of the steam discharges (which contain fumes).

The company has hired a consultant who is one of the country's foremost authorities on odor abatement to determine what additional steps can be taken to eliminate creosote odors. A company engineer at the plant site works on these issues every day.

There is no scientific evidence that creosote odor constitutes a health risk. On the contrary, studies show that the nose picks up the odor of creosote when there are very few particles in the air. At these low levels it does not pose a health risk. Levels inside plant premises have been measured at 40 times lower than Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.

The state Department of Environmental Quality is testing the abandoned railroad yard for chemical fumes, a site 1.5 miles from the Baxter plant and close to the Trainsong neighborhood, whose residents are upset about the fumes.

Ten years ago, this plant was the first in the country to introduce ACQ, the safe substitute for arsenic-based preservatives. It received the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Chemistry Award. As a result, "green" environment-friendly builders and architects regularly recommend Baxter's ACQ-treated products.

David McCreary is president of the Western Council of Industrial Workers Local 3091 and an employee of J.H. Baxter in Eugene.
COPYRIGHT 2003 The Register Guard
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

 Reader Opinion

Title:

Comment:



 

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Columns
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Article Type:Column
Date:Oct 22, 2003
Words:335
Previous Article:No time for holy war.
Next Article:SOLVING THE DEFENSIVE PUZZLE.


Related Articles
Residents seek end to factory's fumes.
Plant may be cited under nuisance code.
Neighbors still raise a stink over Eugene creosote plant.
EPA will not fund equipment needed to test creosote vapors.
Panel eager for air pollution solution.
Baxter neighbors' futures up in the air.
Risky business.
Group seeks grant to fund air tests.
Study finds no high cancer rate near plant.
Meeting gives few pollution answers.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2014 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters