Rubbertown Company Plans to Stop Using Hazardous Chemical

A chemical company in Louisville’s Rubbertown neighborhood is taking the first step to move away from using a hazardous chemical. But the new chemicals, while not technically “hazardous,” still can cause problems with human health and the environment. Last month, American Synthetic Rubber applied for a permit from Metro Government to start a construction project. […]

Event Highlights Local Environmental Justice Concerns

Tomorrow, residents of west and southwest Louisville will hold an environmental justice fair at Chickasaw Park. Dubbed “People Not Poisons,” the organizers are trying to call attention to the large concentration of chemical and power plants in their neighborhoods, which are mostly African-American or white working class. Michele Roberts will speak at the event. She’s […]

Rubbertown Company to Stop Using Hazardous Chemical

A Louisville chemical company plans to end its use of a hazardous chemical at its Rubbertown plant. The substance American Synthetic Rubber plans to stop using—toluene—is the same one that’s leaked twice in the past few weeks. Toluene is a hazardous chemical that’s used in manufacturing rubber. Both times the releases were minor—they were a […]

Rubbertown Plant Reports Second Chemical Release in Two Weeks

Around 5:00 in the morning, American Synthetic Rubber reported a toluene release at its Rubbertown plant—the second one at the plant in two weeks. Toluene is a sweet-smelling, colorless solvent. It’s used to make rubber, and can be dangerous if inhaled in large quantities. The release was minor, and it was classified as a level […]

Rubbertown Activists Oppose Proposed Zeon Settlement

The deadline for residents of Louisville’s Rubbertown neighborhood to file a claim in a class action settlement against Zeon Chemicals is nearing. The lawsuit has been going on since 2007, and this is the third proposed settlement. The tentative agreement would give anyone living within a mile of the plant a maximum payment of $750. […]

Chemical Spill Reported in Rubbertown–Update: Spill Is Contained

A chemical spill has been reported in Louisville’s Rubbertown neighborhood, but officials say there’s no threat to the public. American Synthetics on Campground Road reported a leak of toluene this evening. Toluene is a clear liquid that smells like paint thinner. It’s used to make rubber, paints and adhesives. The spill is under control, and […]

Fire Departments Merge in Southwest Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer formally approved the merger between two southwest Louisville fire departments on Monday. The all-volunteer fire station Dixie Suburban will now become Lake Dreamland Station 3. Increased costs and a decrease in volunteers led to the decision, said Dixie Suburban officials. Dixie Suburban covers about 1.5 square miles in southwest Louisville, and it […]

Rubbertown Residents Weigh Potential Emergency Alert Systems

After an explosion at Carbide Industries’ Rubbertown chemical plant led to community confusion, Metro Government promised to improve the area’s public alert system. Last night, community members heard from the two finalists in the running to install their systems in Louisville. Eleven companies submitted bids, but Metro Government narrowed that number down to two. Those […]

Fischer Says Alert System Should Be Functional by Mid-August

Mayor Greg Fischer says a new alert system should be in place by mid-August to warn neighborhoods of industrial accidents, like the one last March in Rubbertown. At the meeting last night, Fischer and his staff described the city’s requirements for a new alert system, to avoid the confusion that followed the explosion at Carbide […]

Fischer to Update Residents on Rubbertown Emergency Alert System

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will hold a public meeting Thursday evening to update the public on his administration’s response to the March explosion in a Rubbertown plant that killed two workers. After the blast at Carbide Industries’ chemical plant, nearby residents were given conflicting instructions. Some were told to stay in their homes, while others […]