Increase in Bromine Demand Spurs Great Lakes Chemical to Reconsider Unit's Shutdown

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Sep. 3, 2012 12:00 am  

Remember the chemical plant fined $122,000 in June for bromine-related safety violations? It's looking to produce more bromine.

According to a notice filed with the Arkansas Oil & Gas Commission, Great Lakes Chemical Corp. of West Lafayette, Ind., decided in 2010 it would shut down one of its bromine units in El Dorado to save money.

But this year, Great Lakes is repenting of that decision thanks to a "sharp increase" in demand for bromine. Now, it's filing with the commission to prevent the shutdown of the unit, which was originally scheduled for the end of this year.

As for the safety violations: Carlos Reynolds, director of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration in Little Rock, said OSHA reached a settlement with the company.

"We made some changes and agreed to do some additional things regarding safety and health," he said. "It really worked out the best for everyone."



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