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Old 03-30-2008, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Germantown, WI
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Any comments on the Eastman Chemical Company? How is the air quality? Is this a cause for concern for people considering a move there??? Thanks.
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Memphis
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I don't think the air quality is very good, but I don't think it is anything to be concerned about. The main thing is the smell; it is pretty awful (but then again, I never lived there and got used to it). It smells like nail polish remover. With that said, I'd still live in Kingsport.
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:42 AM
 
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If you are concerned about air quality for any locale please visit this site: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Keep in mind that Eastman Chemical alone is not solely responsible for the air quality in Kingsport.
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Germantown, WI
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I appreciate the comments!!
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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FWIW I rarely smell the Eastman smell, and when I do, it's not that bad, smells like film or something!
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Any comments on the Eastman Chemical Company? How is the air quality? Is this a cause for concern for people considering a move there??? Thanks.
Growing up around Kingsport, I'd always know we were in "town" when I smelled the Eastman! It's not terrible, but smells a couple of times a day. Kind of smells like glue-ish sort of plastic burning or something to that effect...the air quality is not that good overall.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Telford, TN
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It's a good reason to live in one of the other beautiful areas other than Kingsport.
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Lifetime resident of Kingsport. Several members of my family are current employees of Eastman. Even when I was little, I remember riding with my dad by the plant and smelling that "rotten egg" smell. Not something to be overly concerned about, unless you live in the immediate vicinity of the plant. Eastman, Domtar, the Press, etc. have all done their part over the years.

Guess I'm just used to it?? But if you have allergies, may God be with you!
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Steilacoom, WA by way of East Tennessee
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I'm less concerned with the air quality than with the possibility of a fire or major spill/air release. All I see are the (hundreds?) of rail cars loaded with tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals, I'm leery about living close to there due to that issue. But I could be a little paranoid about chemicals after working for the railroad, I remember a rail car crash that involved some chemicals in SC a few years ago that killed 12 people.

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Old 08-04-2008, 03:35 PM
 
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I moved here four months ago and I have lived in cities with far worse odors. The odors in Kingsport vary from none to mild to pretty offensive. The fumes are said to be within the "safe" limits but I have yet to find out what those gases are. I have noticed that I usually have a mild headache since I have been here. The odors seemed to be concentrated around the industrial areas and that also includes the downtown area.
This is a beautiful area and the people are as nice as you will find anywhere, but concerning the Kingsport odors I would look to surrounding towns or even the outskirts of Kingsport for a home.

Tony1790 brings up a good point which is something else to consider.

Don
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