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Farmers Impacted by Rouen Fire Begin to Receive Financial Support from Lubrizol– 11/13/19

See press release from the Ministry of Agriculture here


Lubrizol Firms Rouen Commitments for Farmer, Community Support– 10/25/19

Rouen, France – October 25, 2019 - On September 26, a fire impacted Lubrizol’s production facility in Rouen, France. Lubrizol is deeply saddened by the fire and is very sorry for the concern and disruption it has caused to local communities.

To continue to provide support, today Lubrizol firmed the following agreements:

  • Farmers: This morning Lubrizol CEO Eric Schnur and Lubrizol France President Fredric Henry signed an agreement, together with FMSE, to provide financial support from Lubrizol to farmers experiencing loss as a result of the Prefectural restrictions issued after the fire. Access Submission Site

    This may include direct losses from destroyed or consigned crops, losses as a result of purchasing alternative animal feed, or cleaning reimbursement for farmers who produce milk, eggs, honey, farmed fish or plant products in each of the communities affected by the Prefectural restrictions. FMSE and Lubrizol’s third-party administrator will publish and oversee the eligibility parameters and will collect and process claims. Lubrizol and FMSE also will pursue a second phase to include farmers who experienced losses that might be outside of the current agreement scope.  

  • Businesses and communities: Lubrizol also signed an agreement to support businesses and communities who experienced losses as a result of the fire. A third-party administrator also will publish and oversee the eligibility parameters and will collect and process claims. Access Submission Site

  • Tourism: Lubrizol wants to help ensure continued tourism in the beautiful city of Rouen and the Normandie region. Lubrizol has re-affirmed its commitments with elected officials this week and will finalize these details the weeks ahead.

In addition to these commitments, Lubrizol has already provided funding for:

  • Environmental Testing: A multi-phase testing program, funded by Lubrizol and executed by third-party experts, includes sampling of soil, surface water, watersheds and vegetables, amongst other natural mediums. Testing is already underway and more will be added overtime.

  • Cleaning: Lubrizol has provided funding for cleaning of public spaces and will continue to provide ongoing support.

  • Employees: All Lubrizol Rouen employees have and will continue to be paid in full during the recovery and are fully supported by Lubrizol. 

Contact:

Emmanuelle Maddocks, Emmanuelle.maddocks@lubrizol.com (France)

Alicia Gauer, Alicia.gauer@lubrizol.com (Outside of France)

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Lubrizol Rouen Health and Environment – 10/25/19

Learn more about the makeup of the Lubrizol materials impacted by the Rouen fire and how they compare to products consumers use regularly.


Eric Schnur French National Assembly & Senate Remarks – 10/22/19

On October 22, Lubrizol President and CEO Eric Schnur appeared before the French National Assembly and French Senate. Through both opening remarks and as part of a question-and-answer session, he provided insights on Lubrizol’s work with officials the day of the fire and in the days and weeks following, as well as information on Lubrizol materials in Rouen, the company’s safety procedures and its commitment to the community.  Read Eric's opening remarks.


Lubrizol Solidarity Initiative for Farmers, Community – 10/11/19

Today we participated in continued conversations with elected officials, NGOs and community groups in order to partner and further define Rouen support initiatives.

See our English update here.


Update 10/9/19

Lubrizol is committed to providing ongoing updates to Rouen and citizens across France. Today, Lubrizol launched a website dedicated to sharing the latest frequently asked questions, updates and information relative to the fire impacting our facility in Rouen. See more here.


Update 9/30/19 – 8:45 a.m. EST

The early morning of September 26, a fire impacted the drumming and warehousing assets of Lubrizol’s site in Rouen in the Normandy region of France. Since that time, employees across our global business have been urgently working with local authorities to ensure the safety of all involved. No one was injured in the incident.

Most importantly, we are part of the Rouen community, and we are doing everything we can to support Rouen and its residents. We are deeply saddened by the impact of the fire on the city and committed to collaborating with local authorities on ongoing environmental testing to ensure the safety of residents and the community. The local Prefecture implemented a PPI (Plan Particulier d’Intervention), which means all decisions and communication to the community are managed by the Prefecture and its technical councils. We have respected the PPI and have been involved as a main stakeholder. We thank the Prefecture for their leadership.

An investigation has been ongoing since Thursday. Video surveillance and eyewitness accounts indicate the fire was first observed and reported outside of the Lubrizol Rouen site, suggesting the fire originated outside of Lubrizol and unfortunately spread to our facility. We continue to support local law enforcement in the investigation to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

We have approximately 30 Lubrizol employees currently working on our Rouen site to support the fire brigade, environmental testing, clean up and investigations. These employees also are beginning to prepare the site for a return to operations to enable our 420 Rouen employees to resume their work when it is safe and acceptable to do so. Preliminary evaluations indicate that outside of the drumming and warehousing area, the Rouen site sustained little to no damage. As we continue to assess the situation, some of our employees will also work out of our Le Havre, France, manufacturing site, where we continue to manufacture and ship product.

We understand the community has many questions. Local residents can seek more information from the prefect of Seine-Maritimehereas it relates to regular updates.

We have been committed to Rouen and the surrounding community since we initiated operations there in 1954. We look forward to continued collaboration with the local authorities and the community as we work toward a return to normal and safe operations at the Rouen site.


Fire at Lubrizol Rouen, France, Site – 9:30 a.m. 9/27/19 update

Early Thursday morning, a fire impacted the drumming and warehousing assets of Lubrizol’s plant in Rouen, France, as well as a neighboring warehouse not belonging to Lubrizol. No injuries were reported, and the fire was extinguished late yesterday. It is not yet clear where or how the fire started.

Lubrizol personnel are on site, and our leadership is working closely with local authorities to determine the origin of the fire. We will continue to partner in the days and weeks ahead. Environmental testing by local authorities indicate no findings of acute toxicity in the air, and authorities have lifted restrictions on travel and shelter.

Local residents can seek more information from the prefect of Seine-Maritime here as it relates to ongoing updates and frequently asked questions. We thank all who have been involved in responding to the fire.

Contact:
Alicia Gauer
Office: 440.347.7700
Email:Alicia.Gauer@lubrizol.com


Fire at Lubrizol Rouen, France, Site – Update 4:30 p.m. EST

Early Thursday morning, a fire impacted Lubrizol’s plant in Rouen, France, generating a prompt response from both local fire and emergency responders. No injuries were reported, and the fire is now extinguished.

Environmental testing by local authorities indicate no initial findings of acute toxicity from the resulting smoke. Shelter and travel restrictions previously in place have now been lifted.

Reports indicate the fire has impacted a drumming warehouse and an administrative building at the Lubrizol Rouen site. The cause remains unknown at this time.

Contact:
Alicia Gauer
Office: 440.347.7700
Email:Alicia.Gauer@lubrizol.com


Original Update Sept. 26

Early this morning, a fire impacted Lubrizol’s plant in Rouen, France, generating a prompt response from both local fire and emergency responders. No injuries have been reported, and the fire is now contained.

Environmental testing by local authorities indicate no initial findings of acute toxicity from the resulting smoke. The prefecture has taken local precautionary measures, asking those in surrounding areas to stay indoors and limit travel. Local schools also have been closed for the day.

Reports indicate the fire has impacted a drumming warehouse and an administrative building at the Lubrizol Rouen site. The cause remains unknown at this time.

Contact:
Alicia Gauer
Office: 440.347.7700
Email:Alicia.Gauer@lubrizol.com