Chemical Breakdown

Number 27814
Subject Chemicals
Source Houston Chronicle
State
Year 2016
Publication Date May 8, 22, June 12, July 17, Aug. 28, Sept. 18, Nov. 13, Dec. 22
Summary A 2014 toxic gas release at DuPont’s pesticide plant outside Houston killed four workers and endangered the surrounding community. In response to those deaths, the Houston Chronicle delved deep into the chemical industry, and the way government regulates these potentially harmful facilities. The Chronicle partnered with experts at Texas A&M to establish a methodology for analyzing chemical inventories to create a potential harm index for facilities throughout the Houston area. Our investigation showed facilities with a high potential for harm were all over the metro area, the government has failed at every level to protect the public and the EPA's chosen solution - a network of local emergency planning committees is destined to fail.
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Keywords pesticide; toxic; gas; worker; deaths; safety
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