Noise from Granite City chemical plant giving neighbors headaches

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GRANITE CITY, IL - A chemical plant is creating an ear-splitting racket in a Granite City neighborhood. The level of noise has been constant since Sunday.

The air products plant is conducting what they say is an unusual blow-out. They`re re-starting the plant after shutting down for repairs.  They have to re-cool a tower to 300 degrees below zero for the process of separating nitrogen and oxygen from the air.  To do that, they have to blow all the purities out, thus the noise.

Air products added this newer, louder part of the plant back in 2012.  Officials wouldn't go on camera, but told us their goal is to be a good neighbor. But, they have no choice but to go through this noisy process.  They say this will be over by Friday. Until then, neighbors will be doing everything they can to drown out the noise.

This newer, nosier portion of the plant was built just two years ago.  The homes have been here much longer.  If there`s any good news, it`s the fact plant officials say this shouldn't be necessary very often.


  • TheREALByeBye2TheCorporateRite

    Maybe I should move there. Then maybe neighbors won’t complain about my loud music! Or maybe these are perfect homes to have rock band practice!

    • Tarat

      Great idea sue and forced the company to China. After all we need more made in China, get real we need made in the USA or we will self-destruct .

  • Sandra Hancock

    Mr. Sells, did you proofread this article? First, Air Products is the name of the company and should be capitalized. And “seperated” is properly spelled “separated.” You can remember this by noting that “there’s A RAT in SEPARATE.”

    • Don't bother

      Yeah for your information. Starting a sentence with the word and, isn’t right either. Did you proofread your post?

      • swell_swell

        You shouldn’t put a comma after the word “and” in your post (and, yes, in this case, the quotations are correct as are my commas). In addition, I don’t think the plant is “nosier” but rather is “noisier”, but I could be mistaken about the violation of privacy.

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  • TJ

    The context in which “air products” wasn’t capitalized is correct. It wasn’ specifying the company. It was specifying the product, “air products.”

  • TJ

    OOPS….I stand to be corrected. I was typing too fast and left the “t” out of “wasn’t”…lol

  • DonP

    Is there anything people won’t sue over now days?

    Honestly, you sound like toddlers screaming “MOMMY! Billy’s making noises!” while Billy is cooking your breakfast. Have you not stopped to think that medical grade oxygen has to come from somewhere?

    Channel 2 measured the noise at 86 decibels. The allowable range is 85. There’s at least that much uncertainty in the measurement., and it’s roughly equivalent to road noise on an interstate 10 yards away.

    • Rochelle Stephens

      The Air Products plant across the street from my house did this to us a few years ago. Believe me, you couldn’t have heard anyone screaming if they were right next to your ear. It sounds like a jet engine running right outside your house. No warning was given to the residents here that this was going to happen…we believed a jet was coming down on our neighborhood. The noise was unremitting in pressure and sound…no wonder these people have headaches after enduring it for days. I agree that the residents should have been relocated. God knows what it is doing to the ears of children and adults alike. Fortunately, we only had to deal with it for several hours. There is no way you could get used to that noise. it was much louder than the video picked it up.

  • EricTJohnson

    That would be “impurities” that are being removed from the equipment, not “purities.”

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