HEALTH – POLLUTANTS
Euphoam eliminates toxic emissions from neoprene plants associated with increased cancer risk
Synthetic rubber production has been and continues to be a major health hazard. For example, the chemical company DuPont opened a plant in St. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana in 1969. Denka bought the plant from DuPont in 2015. The plant manufactures the chemical chloroprene, which is the main ingredient in neoprene, the rubbery material in wet suits, computer sleeves and many other consumer products.
The Louisiana facility is the only neoprene manufacturer in the U.S. And, according to an analysis by the EPA, the five census tracts around the plant have the highest cancer risk in the country — more than 50 times the national average in one tract. This area is known as cancer alley.
Euphoam eliminates this health concern by using our Yulex biobased materials and a novel process for manufacturing high performance foams with neoprene. This healthy and sustainable approach demonstrates our commitment to the health of our community.
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