DSM Chemicals reducing work force by 80

Monday, April 20, 2009 10:06 AM
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DSM Chemicals is reducing its work force by 80 people because of the economic downturn.

DSM Chemicals North America makes caprolactam, nylon polymers and ammonium sulfate – for plastics and fertilizers – at its plant on Columbia Nitrogen Road in east Augusta. It employs 350 people.

The work force reduction won’t take place until June 30, said Lisa Kirby, DSM’s vice president of administration.

She said the company will be offering voluntary severance packages to its employees. DSM will institute layoffs if necessary. The reductions affect all departments.

The changes are being instituted because of the downturn in the automotive, housing and export markets, Ms. Kirby explained.

“The decisions concerning staff redeployment and potential reductions at DSM Chemicals North America will be difficult but necessary as we align the company’s cost structure with current demand,” Ms. Kirby said in a statement. “We remain committed to our employees, our customers, our suppliers and the Augusta community, and greatly appreciate the significant contributions of the employees who will be affected by this decision.”

The company will partner with the Georgia Department of Labor and a consultant outplacement center to provide one-on-one counsel sessions, explain benefits and provide outplacement services for affected employees.

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Holdem
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Holdem 04/20/09 - 10:46 am
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Prayers sent for the families

Prayers sent for the families affected by this,but being laid off from that dangerous place will be a blessing in itself in the long run........

zigzag
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zigzag 04/20/09 - 11:51 am
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That "dangerous place" has

That "dangerous place" has provided great jobs and benefits for a whole lot of people. That translates into food, housing, medical care, etc.. How can you be so naive?

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govols382 04/20/09 - 02:03 pm
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The whole DSM Chemicals and

The whole DSM Chemicals and PCS Nitrogen complex has a wonderful safety record and a safety program that almost completely eliminates accidents so get your facts straight before you call a place dangerous Holdem! I am an operator at PCS Nitrogen and my father is an operator at DSM so I know that neither place is a dangerous place to work. Both companies are wonderful employers that take care of their employees and have safety as a number one priority!

Holdem
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Holdem 04/20/09 - 06:12 pm
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I worked out there several

I worked out there several years myself and I know the smoke and mirrors game management plays with it's safety record.It looks good on paper,but I know the truth...............

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 04/20/09 - 06:42 pm
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The Data concerning Releases

The Data concerning Releases at DSM are so erratic and scattered, I had to remove this post...out of fairness, until I have concluded my research. The Releases are factual, the dates are in question.

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 04/20/09 - 07:11 pm
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Their "Safety Program" might

Their "Safety Program" might look "stellar" on paper, but their Environmental Record has a LARGE BLEMISH, a two and a half year blemish. And though the CSRA may have a handful of citizens who have reaped decent rewards from being employed at DSM. The Costs to the Citizenry as a whole, has been dismal and the Environmental Repercussions of their actions will cost Probably close to a Billion Dollars, if calculated through the release period and into the future, if not more. So, overall, I believe those costs FAR outweigh the neglible benefits a "few" have recieved.....though alot can be said (by the individual) about earning a "living". What I would ask any one employee is,"Would you trade your two and a half years wages, for any one life of the "probable" victims?"

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gnumbgnuts 04/20/09 - 09:25 pm
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Tu, I gotta hear this. I've

Tu, I gotta hear this. I've been on site 20yrs and counting. I work closely with all of the plant environmental contacts. Your alleged "BLEMISH" is AC material I would guess.

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 04/20/09 - 09:41 pm
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gnumbgnuts....I guess you, as

gnumbgnuts....I guess you, as well as most of the others out there never heard of the "Errant Release" of ten million pounds of ChloroHexan through an emissions stack with a "mal-functioning" flare? The article appeared briefly in the AC back in OCT '08. Shortly thereafter they (the AC) ran an article with the results of the EPA monitoring that found the CSRA in violation of EPA Guidelines, relating to air quality and ground level ozone (SMOG) . Earlier this year, they ran an Article with the Question of wether the EPA would designate the entire CSRA a "Non-Attainment Zone" or Just Richmond County. You can do the research for yourself. I stated the facts, as I saw them in the AC. The Release "aledgedly" occurred for a two and a half year period, and the "calculated" amount of VOC (chlorohexan) released was stated as ten million pounds over that period. I imagine that all of the hooplah over the outdoor burning ban and many other related air quality concerns was attributable to the release of this chemical compound into the Environment of the CSRA. When (and if) the total story of all of this comes out, I'm sure more people will take notice.

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Tujeez1 04/20/09 - 09:55 pm
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From the information I

From the information I read,it would seem that alot of commotion was going on in the "Environmental Community" during the last 2 1/2 years here in the CSRA. I cannot imagine that the EPA doesn't have monitoring systems in place in the CSRA. I cannot imagine that when the Ground level ozone levels began spiking, that the EPA didn't contact all "operators" and request certifications of all "emission" related equipment. I cannot Imagine that DSM could have "properly" went through the "certification process" on all of its emission stacks AND their Flares and missed a "malfunctioning" flare. That being said, IMHO, either Environmental and Safety at DSM faked the findings, without doing the "proper" certification. Or, they falsified the results. Either way, alot of people were jumping through hoops to find the problem, and DSM was pumping out toxins and causing a plethora of respiratory problems for the citizens of the CSRA needlessly and arrogantly, in blatant violation of the LAW. And NOW....Everyone will pay for their negligence, arrogance, ignorance, etc. And surely, in light of the elevated levels of smog, many suffered health related problems, and some surely died.

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gnumbgnuts 04/20/09 - 09:59 pm
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Yea Tu, I know all about that

Yea Tu, I know all about that article. We (DSM) reported the release to the EPA. Your all knowing AC reported that we were caught in the act. DSM, being the type of company they are, volunteered the info. Cut and paste until your fingers bleed, DSM/PCS is not what Columbia Nitrogen used to be.

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gnumbgnuts 04/20/09 - 10:15 pm
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OMFG Tu, your 9:55! You and

OMFG Tu, your 9:55! You and elliotness need to hook up and fry up some more conspiracy theories. YCMU

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Tujeez1 04/20/09 - 10:26 pm
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Two and a half years is 912

Two and a half years is 912 days, ten million pounds(10,000,000) divided by 912 =10,964.9. That's ten thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pounds of Chlorohexan, released EVERY DAY, for two and a half years........ And No one knew this was going on, for two and a half years? Maybe the EPA needs some more training on "Environmental Protection"....but seeing as how they are The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States Government, you'd think they had that one in the bag...... Maybe just for GP, one should look up Chlorohexan and see what its associated risks of exposure are.

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Tujeez1 04/20/09 - 10:32 pm
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So you're saying, that the

So you're saying, that the Non-Attainment Zone Designation has absolutely NOTHING to do with 10,964 pounds of a Volatile Organic Chemical being released into the Environment in raw form, every day, over the two and a half years? THAT Sir, IS Ludicrous and smacks of Arrogance. And "Plausible Deniability" is not in your favor here. Maybe you could enlighten a florescent tube, but all of us are not ignorant rubes.

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Tujeez1 04/20/09 - 10:37 pm
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Maybe NOW, that the

Maybe NOW, that the all-forgiving Republicans are no longer in control in DC, the EPA will find a reasonable cause to investigate this "Two and a half Year Incident" again... Good Luck with that one DSM.

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gnumbgnuts 04/20/09 - 10:40 pm
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Tu, read the last paragraph

Tu, read the last paragraph of 2008's article. Last........convenient.
Dr. Michael Chang, a professor at Georgia Tech's Center for Urban and Regional Ecology who spent four years studying Georgia's air pollution trends, said the emissions probably wouldn't have worsened ozone levels in Augusta. "There's already a good supply of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) available from other sources, so it would probably be relatively marginal," he said.

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Tujeez1 04/20/09 - 10:52 pm
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I find it appalling that the

I find it appalling that the EPA would seemingly monitor air quality in any given are of operation for two and a half years and not take action to find the causative forces behind an 'elevated" level of poor air quality findings. I seem also to recall a listing of Little 'Ol Augusta Georgia as sixth worse city in the ENTIRE USA for Air Quality. I think that ranking came out last year also. And, according to you gnumbgnuts, 10,964 lbs of Chlorohexan a day, had absolutely NOTHING to do with THAT either??? And further, you suggest that, those facts, would have no basis in being the cause of ANY Ill Health Effects that "may" have been suffered by anyone in the CSRA, to include anyone with Chronic Respiratory Disease, including, but not limited to:Emphysema,Chronic Bronchitis,Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis?

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Tujeez1 04/20/09 - 10:54 pm
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Gotta Love What that PAC and

Gotta Love What that PAC and Gobs of MONEY can Buy huh gnumbgnuts?

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Tujeez1 04/20/09 - 10:58 pm
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SIXTH Worst Air Quality City

SIXTH Worst Air Quality City in the ENTIRE USA??? Come on Big Guy? I've heard of bald-faced, but this is rediculous. No, I'm not insisting....I'm just saying......LOOK at the DATA!!

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shaglorious 04/20/09 - 11:06 pm
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Tujeez: Where is the listing

Tujeez: Where is the listing of Augusta as the 6th worst city? I have been looking but I cant find that.

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gnumbgnuts 04/20/09 - 11:11 pm
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They did monitor DS, read the

They did monitor DS, read the article! You seem to believe everything the AC prints. "relatively marginal" DSM volunteered the findings. Many of the people I work with have been on site for well over 30 years, AND ARE STILL HEALTHY! I guess you're ok with all the brain cancer cases at SRS huh? P.S. DSM ain't loaded with cash. Once again, read the article.

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gnumbgnuts 04/20/09 - 11:19 pm
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http://www.airnow.gov/ Tu,

http://www.airnow.gov/ Tu, just where did you get your info? The AC?

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20 Grit 04/21/09 - 04:33 am
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There was no problem with

There was no problem with DSM's flaring system. All emissions were routed through their flare system and eradicated at the tip. DSM worked with the EPD to determine were the loss of Cyclohexane (not Chlorohexan) were going. The use of an EPD certified monitoring and sampling company is where the snafu came in to play. DSM discovered the problem on their own and reported their findings to EPD. There was absolutely no cover up on DSM's part. The EPD had no clue which direction to head until DSM self reported the problem. DSM has since remedied the issue.

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cityone 04/21/09 - 11:32 am
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thank you 20 grit for getting

thank you 20 grit for getting the story straight. You are obviously the only one who knows what is going on. To Tujeez, get your facts correct before you start sharing your information. Unfortunately, a majority of the people have to rely on the media to get the local news and people like you distort the truth, giving the readers false information. There was no malfunctioning flare, there was not chlorohexane. Where do you think the commodities you use on a daily basis come from? They don't grow on trees, most of them come from China now because of people like you. Have you thought about the risk you're taking driving to work on a daily basis? You're more at risk than any DSM employee is.

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Tujeez1 04/21/09 - 11:32 pm
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You guys should have left

You guys should have left well enough alone. I am going to fully research this now...

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