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Our Environmental Legacy

Between 1942 and the late 1960’s, predecessor companies to LANXESS supported the Canadian and United States governments' war efforts through the manufacture of a number of different chemical products. The manufacture of these and other products, along with historical waste disposal practices which by today’s standards are no longer permissible, created an environmental legacy of contaminated soil, creek sediment and groundwater. The extent of this legacy became evident in the early 1990’s when it was discovered that the underground aquifers that supplied Elmira’s drinking water had been inadvertently contaminated, forcing local water wells to close. 

Over the past three decades, tens of millions of dollars have been spent on cleaning up this inherited environmental legacy and providing residents with access to clean water. Through the input and efforts of the community and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) significant achievements towards a cleaner and healthier environment have been made. And progress continues.


Elmira Facility

Production site

25 Erb Street

Elmira, ON, N3B 2J3

Phone: 519-669-1671