Tate and Lyle
In 2003, five concerned local citizens brought legal action challenging a state-issued permit for Tate & Lyle (Staley) to expand its Loudon Plant and increase toxic emission levels. BCAAT was formed shortly thereafter, and supported this action.
To resolve the legal action, in 2005, Tate and Lyle agreed to install improved pollution controls that have led to better air quality and considerably reduced odors. According to the agreement, particle pollution was reduced by 14%, sulfur dioxide by 50% and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) by 45%. Objectionable odors were also reduced due to the changes.
These addition pollution controls created a “win-win” solution to the litigation. Because of the pollution controls installed under the settlement agreement, Staley was able to increase its planned production even more than sought under the initial permit while still achieving the needed reductions in emissions.