Shareholders Press PPG Industries on Toxic Emissions
October 23rd, 2009
The Missionary Oblates joined other faith-based and socially responsible shareholders in pressing PPG Industries, a chemical manufacturer, on pollution stemming from its operations in its Lake Charles plant in Louisiana. A letter to the CEO seeks clarification on the company’s policies with respect to community engagement and accountability.
Residents of the nearby community of Mossville, Louisiana have high rates of cancer and respiratory diseases. In their letter, concerned shareholders cited research showing a possible connection between the company’s chemical emissions from its Lake Charles, LA facility to documented medical conditions afflicting residents of Mossville.
Oblate JPIC Staff joined an ICCR fact-finding mission to Mossville in June 2009 where they met with community members affected by the toxic emissions of surrounding chemical plants.