Protecting Our Communities

Implementing local community engagement programs, impact assessments and development programs builds partnerships with the communities where we  live and operate. Some of these programs include involving facility management with Community  Advisory Panels (CAPs) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), completing environmental  impact assessments and public reporting, developing stakeholder engagement plans and providing formal processes for local community grievances.

In 2016, we remained steadfastly committed to protecting our communities, with 100% of our operations having implemented local community engagement programs, impact assessments and development programs. Highlights of our commitment are provided below.

  • We continue to engage in cooperative efforts with local fire and rescue services to build a relationship that benefits both entities where and when possible. Facilities receive much needed services in the event of an emergency, and the local emergency services get the use of an industrial facility for beneficial hands-on- training for its members.
  • Our largest manufacturing facility, the Big Sandy plant, remains committed to monthly participation in the Ashland CAP (Community Action Panel) where local plant leaders interact with the community to discuss Calgon Carbon's impact and answer questions from the group.
  • UV Technologies actively participates in the local township developmental awareness meetings, and regularly hosts local fire and police departments.
  • The Feluy plant in Belgium is an active member in the Feluy Industrial Area Environmental & Safety Commission. The Commission facilitates open communications among authorities, governments, industry and surrounding  communities.

In 2016, we certified our Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Management System in our U.S. operations to the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care Management System®. The system includes provisions for participation in  mutual assistance programs and for responding to emergencies, as well as formal processes and procedures to identify and control hazards and communicate with internal and external stakeholders, including the communities in which we operate. Plans for 2017 include the testing of some of our newly implemented processes and procedures to ensure we are well prepared in the event of an emergency.