On 12/21/17, the HOA received the following email from Jay Fuller at Unifrax.
Unifrax again reiterates that we understand the community’s concerns with our Summerville, SC facility, and recognizes that, although we have been making changes and working toward a better long-term solution, we have been remiss in our interaction with the community during this process. To improve the information flow to the community, Unifrax committed to providing more regular updates and community interaction.Since the November community meeting, Unifrax has continued to move forward with the permitting requirements for the equipment changes so that we can get that equipment installed as soon as possible. The anticipated costs of those improvements will now be in excess of $3.1 million. In the meantime, Unifrax is not simply waiting for these improvements, but instead continues to upgrade the current system (even though most of this will soon be replaced) to resolve the risk of releases in the interim.
We also wanted the community to be aware that, beginning the first week of January, there will be some air monitoring equipment and GHD personnel in your community. GHD is the consulting firm that Unifrax has hired to help evaluate air quality concerns in the community. Since we are dealing with glass fibers, rather than the types of pollutants typically associated with manufacturing operations, it did take a little time to determine how best to evaluate air quality. We expect this work to continue through January. If during this time you have any issues or concerns with the workers that will be operating around the community, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Although we do not expect there to be air quality issues from the past releases that the community has had to deal with or issues with the facility’s ongoing operations, we understand the community’s concerns and the desire for sampling work to verify this. Once this work is completed, Unifrax plans to hold another community meeting to further update the community (most likely early February).
In the meantime, Unifrax continues to welcome your involvement, so if you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to us. We can be reached at 843.376.2121 Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to address this issue.
Jay Fuller | Interim Plant Manager |
Speciality Fiber Group | 105 Eastport Lane, Summerville, SC, 29483 USA