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.