As specified by Occidental's Health, Environment and Safety (HES) Principles, we strive to reduce waste and conserve resources. All of Occidental's oil and gas products and most of its major chemical products are shipped exclusively in bulk – via pipeline, tanker vessel, rail car or tank truck. Typically, less than one percent of Occidental's production is shipped in a form that requires individual containers or other types of packaging.
OxyChem's waste generation data reflect both ongoing production operations and environmental remediation at operating plants. OxyChem adheres to both the Occidental Board of Directors' HES Principles and the American Chemistry Council Responsible Care® Guiding Principles through a commitment to promote pollution prevention, minimization of waste and conservation of energy and other critical resources at every stage of the life cycle of its products. OxyChem devotes significant engineering resources to conservation, recycling and waste minimization – and has achieved substantial reductions in the amount of waste generated.
OxyChem's hazardous waste generation decreased by 3 percent to approximately 39,000 tons in 2014 (the most recent report year). OxyChem's non-hazardous waste generation increased 37 percent to 92,000 tons in 2014. The 2014 non-hazardous waste increases were primarily due to sludge generated from a pond maintenance cleanout activity at the Ingleside facility in Texas and the startup of a newly built plant in New Johnsonville, Tennessee. Without considering the contributions of the noted activities, the non-hazardous waste volumes would be approximately 67,000 tons, which is equivalent to the volumes from 2013, with increased plant production in 2014.