CSR Activity Report (CSR Guideline Activity Reports) - Safety, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation

Environmental Risk Management

Number of environmental accidents

■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2020

Result in fiscal 2020


Compliance with Environmental Laws and Accidents in Fiscal 2020

In fiscal 2020, four environmental accidents occurred within Toray Group, two of which were minor.
These were all accidents in which leaked chemical solutions flowed outside of plant premises. After promptly contacting the local governments, the plants involved confirmed, through analytical investigations and reviews of the surroundings based on internal rules, that the impact on the environment was extremely minor.
The causes of these accidents included valve setting errors when changing piping lines, aging of drainage channels, equipment operation errors, and electrical equipment setting problems. To prevent recurrences, the Group will thoroughly implement measures against aging facilities, conduct employee education, and take other measures to prevent abnormal drainage off plant premises.
The Group received seven complaints and requests from residents near its facilities concerning noise and odor, which were seriously examined and addressed by implementing improvements.

Environmental Accidents in Fiscal 2020 (Toray Group)

Administrative disposition due to violations of laws or ordinances1 0
Accidents (environmental accidents, etc.) 2
Slight but temporary exceeding of standard values2 2
Complaints/requests (noise, odor, etc.) 7
  1. 1 Includes improvement orders and fines. Improvement guidance and recommendations are included in accident figures.
  2. 2 No improvement guidance or recommendations were received from local governments, as there was no harm to the environment.

Preventing Soil and Groundwater Pollution

Toray Group constructs protective embankments around its facilities and storage tanks for hazardous chemicals, and takes precautions to ensure that none of these dangerous substances leak or discharge into the surrounding area or contaminate the soil onsite. In fiscal 2020, remediation using wells to clean up groundwater pollution continued at Toray Monofilament Co., Ltd., and remediation to address soil pollution continued at Toray Industries' Nagoya Plant. Toray Group will continue these ongoing remediation efforts and voluntary surveys to monitor soil and groundwater pollution.

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