One bit of good news for the U.S. is that the biggest named storm in the Atlantic Ocean right now, Hurricane Larry, is expected to remain far offshore. And the National Hurricane Center says Mindy, a tropical depression, will bring rain and wind to southern Georgia and northern Florida, but it is tracking far south of the areas hurt by Hurricane Ida.
But the mess left behind by Ida is continuing to impact people and companies and the cleanup is slow. For plastics firms, the biggest concern continues to be the question of how long it will take to resume full production.
Dow Inc. said in a Sept. 8 update that its Plaquemine, La., site has begun bringing operations online, but full recovery will depend on full access to utilities and raw materials. At St. Charles Parish, La., Dow said it is "making progress" toward restarting but will not be able to set a "clear timeline for restart sequencies" until later this week.
And in an even bigger complication, Frank Esposito writes, Shintech Inc. has shut down its Freeport, Texas, plant due to a lack of feedstock. The closure will hit PVC production far beyond that one plant.
In total, sources told Frank that about 60 percent of U.S. PVC capacity is offline currently.