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Calgon Carbon Corp.’s Pearl River plant in Pearlington, Miss. resumed production of granular activated carbon on November 4. The plant had been idled since the mandatory evacuation order in advance of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2005.
The storm surge from Hurricane Katrina partially submerged the plant. Although damage to major processing equipment was not extensive, electrical components critical to the operation of the plant required replacement.
Commenting on the announcement, Bob O’Brien, senior vice president of Calgon Carbon, said, "Because the Pearl River plant accounts for a significant portion of our activated carbon production, it was important that the plant resume operation as soon as possible. We are very grateful for the rapid response of our vendors and for the commitment of our employees. Without their cooperation, the plant could not have come back on line so quickly."