West Virginia Operations

SC Community Advisory Panel

History and Purpose
The South Charleston Area Community Advisory Panel (CAP) was formed in April 2002 when two similar groups merged after functioning for almost 10 years as individual panels with the same purpose. The panel represents the local chemical industry and the greater South Charleston area, including North Charleston and the western portion of Charleston. Industry participants are Union Carbide Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical (Dow Chemical), Bayer Polymers, FMC Corporation and Elementis Specialties.

The purpose of the CAP is to increase the lines of communication between industry and its host community. It serves as an open forum where issues of concern and interest to all participants are discussed. The group also serves as a mechanism for public questions, comments and concerns.

Meetings and Activities
The panel meets 10 times annually on the second Monday of the month, except for July and December. Meetings are open to the public and hosted at the South Charleston Public Library. Topics are selected by the group and include such discussions as environmental performance, economic conditions of the industry, and safety performance.

The panel also sponsors projects and activities to benefit the community. In addition to speaking to community groups, the CAP sponsors a Household Hazardous Collection Day for the immediate area, sponsors information booths at local fairs and festivals and works to educate the public about emergency preparedness. The panel's newest and most challenging endeavor is to assist the companies as they work toward sustainable community development, a fairly new movement aimed to meet the needs of today's society without jeopardizing the availability of future generations to meet their needs.

Membership
The 20-plus member panel was selected based upon community participation and interest in local industry. Members represent the fabric of the community and include educators, environmental advocates, students, business representatives, government officials, community leaders, clergy, retirees and emergency responders. Their role is to serve as a liaison between the companies and the community in which they live and/or work. Participation is voluntary, and members serve in an advisory capacity.

Learn More
To learn more about the panel and its projects, to attend an upcoming meeting, or to schedule a presentation, please email us, or the panel's web site.