Styron, Americas Styrenics and the Dow Chemical Company are located on an industrial complex at 1761 Route 12 in Gales Ferry (formerly the Dow Chemical Company Allyn's Point Plant). As with any industrial facility, many layers of protection are in place to ensure the safety of both the plant employees and the public. The companies have an outstanding safety record and have been major contributors to the town's emergency planning, supporting both emergency responder awareness as well as hosting many emergency training exercises.
Some of the principal layers of protection at the Allyn's Point Complex are:
Automatic monitoring and safety systems
Highly trained, skilled operators
Integrated emergency planning and training with Ledyard emergency response crews
Well designed systems
Protective Features The following are examples of some of the protective features in place:
Manufacturing processes are equipped with spill containment and automatic fire protection systems.
Manufacturing processes are equipped with automatic alarm systems for detecting either chemical releases and/or malfunctioning systems which could cause chemical release.
Containment is provided for 100% of the largest tank and 25% of the rest of the volume of the tanks plus 2 inches of rain.
An oil control boom is used for all shipments, and appropriate Coast Guard spill control plans are implemented at the facility.
Facility Fire Protection
The Allyn’s Point Complex, has a 5,000-gallon per minute fire water pumping station on site that is fed from a 14 million gallon freshwater pond. The fire pumping station is equipped with 2 diesel fire pumps as backup in the event of a loss of electric power. A foam system is installed and can be utilized to blanket chemicals spilled into diked areas. There are 4 fire hydrants on the 16 inch municipal main accessible to responding fire apparatus.
Emergency Response Procedures Emergency response procedures are broken into 3 principal categories for the facility:
Those which exist on the site but do not constitute an impact on the surrounding community
Those which exist on the site and could result in an impact to the surrounding community
Those on the site which are affecting the surrounding community
The town is notified of all emergency conditions at the facility and implements action per the hazardous materials response plan as appropriate.
How Can You Be Impacted?
Although a significant Incident at the chemical plant is unlikely, the impact to you would be to either shelter in place or to evacuate.
How Will You Be Notified?
In the case of an emergency at the Allyn's Point Complex, the public will be notified via the reverse 911 system as well as local TV and radio via the Emergency Alerting System (EAS).
TV Stations Carrying the EAS Message
WFSB - Channel 3
WTNH - Channel 8
WHPX - Channel 26
WVIT - Channel 30
WTIC - Channel 61
Check your local cable TV service for the cable channel selection in your area.
Local Radio Carrying the EAS Message
WNPR - 89.1 FM
WCTY - 97.7 FM (WCTY is the primary reporting station for the area)
WNLC - 98.7 FM
WQGN - 105.5 FM
WBMW - 106.5 FM
WSUB - 980 AM
WMRD - 1150 AM
WICH - 1310 AM
WLIS - 1420 AM
Other Notification Methods
A secondary method for notification and for localized notifications and general information will be the Everbridge System, town website and the town's official Facebook page, “Ledyard News.”
As a fall back, a daily sheet of services available and general information will be posted on the front doors of the Town Hall and fire stations during major events when commercial communication systems and power systems are not functioning in town.