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Sasol Ethylene Oxide Operations

Sasol is committed to safety, the environment and the health of our communities.

Air, water, workplace safety and security are all regulated by federal agencies responsible for protecting public health and the environment.

EO is heavily regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Sasol and its predecessor have produced or handled ethylene oxide (EO) in Lake Charles for more than 60 years and have EO handling protocols in place that go above and beyond regulation requirements.

Sasol complies with regulations and is committed to continuous improvement.

Clean air and a healthy environment are important to all of us, and Sasol is committed to not only zero harm but continuous improvement. We have demonstrated proactive continuous improvement by investing in the latest technology and emission controls. Sasol complies with all state and federal regulations at a minimum and in many cases, including for EO, we operate well below our permitted emission allowances. In 2020, our EO emissions were 2.352 tons – significantly below the permitted amount of 16.856 tons.

Ethylene oxide is a versatile chemical building block.

Ethylene oxide is primarily used in industrial manufacturing operations to make other chemicals. It is present in the environment, and is created by various sources, including plants and cooking oils. The human body also produces ethylene oxide when metabolizing ethylene, which is produced naturally.

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