The Olin Corporation McIntosh Plant site is located approximately 1 mile east-southeast of the town of McIntosh, in Washington County, Alabama. The Olin main plant and associated properties cover approximately 1,500 acres. From 1952 until 1982, Olin produced chlorinated organic pesticides, chlorine, caustic soda and sodium hypochlorite at the site. Presently, Olin produces chlorine
, caustic soda, sodium hypochlorite and blends and stores hydrazide compounds at the site.
Releases of mercury
and organic chemicals have contaminated the shallow groundwater beneath the site. Discharges of wastewater containing mercury have contaminated wetlands adjacent to the Tombigbee River. Approximately 500 people live in the area of the site. Everyone in the area utilizes groundwater as a source of drinking water.
At high doses, mercury exposure can cause tremors
, inability to walk, convulsions, and even death
. At lowers levels, the effect of mercury, while not as drastic, is nevertheless serious. Low-level exposure to mercury may cause damage to the senses and brain
See your doctor if you live in McIntosh and you have experienced serious health problems. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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