Olin makes ammunition and chemicals. Founded in 1892, it is now headquartered in Clayton, Missouri. It is the largest supplier of small caliber ammunition to the U.S. military and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of chlorine, used in disinfection and a key ingredient in plastics like polyvinyl chloride or PVC. Historically chlorine was produced using mercury membrane technology at chlor-alkali plants which resulted in highly toxic mercury waste that manufacturers dumped into local environment. For example, Olin bought the Mathieson Alkali Works, which was responsible for dumping 100 pounds of toxic methylmercury daily into the Holston River in Virginia in the first half of the 20th century. Olin has two major chemical manufacturing facilities in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ – a major industrial zone where crude oil is turned into fuel, plastics and other petrochemicals. Olin’s chlor-alkali plant in Plaquemine, Lousiana, has had several major leaks of toxic chlorine notably in 2016 and 2022, which have forced local residents to seek medical assistance. Similar pollution charges have been made against the companies chlor-alkali plants in Alabama and Nevada.
Copper alloys, Ammunition, Chlorine, Sodium hydroxide, Epoxies, Vinyls, Hydrochloric acid
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Eric Lier | Change.org | March 1, 2021
We, the undersigned, demand the Olin Chlor Alkali chemical plant located in the heart of Henderson, Nevada, be closed and the site be cleared of any toxic chemicals that have contaminated the area.
- Amnesty International
- Center for Health, Environment & Justice
- Ecology Center
- International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
- Pesticide Action Network
- Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
- A Community Voice
- Alliance for Affordable Energy
- Climate Reality New Orleans
- Coalition Against Death Alley
- Healthy Gulf
- Justice and Beyond
- Louisiana Bucket Brigade
- Louisiana League of Conscious Voters
- New Orleans Office Sierra Club
- Poor Peoples Campaign
- Sunrise Movement, New Orleans
- RISE St. James
- 350 New Orleans
Jacklyn Wille | Bloomberg Law | November 10, 2021
Olin Corp. was sued in federal court by a proposed class of workers who say the Missouri-based ammunition maker’s $930 million retirement plan charges excessive record keeping fees while offering expensive and poorly performing investment options.
Brendan Kirby | Fox 10 News | August 12, 2020
Government and internal investigations have been launched following a chemical leak Tuesday that sent two workers to the hospital and triggered a shelter-in-place order.
Michael Phillis | Law 360 | July 17, 2020
Union Defends Move To Stop Olin From Firing Employee. A union has told an Illinois federal court that Olin Corp. was just frustrated with an arbitrator's refusal to let the company fire an employee ...
Competition Policy International | March 30, 2020
Olin, Occidental Chemical, and three other top manufacturers of industrial-grade lye can’t dodge claims that they conspired on 13 separate price increases since 2015, a federal judge in Buffalo, NY, ruled.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | April, 2006
The Olin Chemical Superfund Site (Site) is comprised of the 53-acre property at 51 Eames Street in Wilmington, Massachusetts (Olin Property or Property) and adjoining off-Property areas that have been impacted by contaminant releases from manufacturing and waste disposal activities formerly conducted at the Property.
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Marian Johns | Madison Record | November 1, 2021
An African American female alleges Olin Corporation discriminated against her by paying her less and promoting co-workers with less experience and qualifications.
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St. Louis Post Dispatch | May 18, 2021
Olin Corp. said on Tuesday it is shutting down some chlor-alkali production at its Plaquemine, Louisiana plant by June 1.