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Chemical producers along Mississippi may rely on trucks and railcars to move materia

May 11/2011

(ICIS) -- Chemical producers along the Mississippi river may rely increasingly on trucks and railcars to move material because of high water and flooding, sources said on Tuesday. The river already has crested at Memphis, Tennessee, and it could crest on the lower Mississippi on  24 May. If water levels become too high, shipping could be prohibited on the river. As a result, chemical plants would have to rely on trucks and rail to receive feedstock and ship out product.

In fact, some trucks were freed up in Memphis, Tennessee, because of the flooding, Tapscott said. Miller Transporters expects more truck interest to emerge next week should the river crest.

Most likely, chemical distributors are already preparing for more traffic, said Matthew Glaser, director of member advancement and strategic communications for the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD).

The lower Mississippi is home to several chemical plants. Plaquemine and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have plants of such companies as Georgia Gulf, Dow Chemical, Shintech, ExxonMobil, Formosa Plastics and Lion Copolymer.

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