Accidents at chemical plants cause tons of pollution in Texas each year

Accidents at chemical plants cause tons of pollution in Texas each year

 

Individuals who live in certain areas of the U.S. may have a greater need for natural detox products than others. That's because certain states and cities have higher pollution levels than others, and so people who live in these places should consider using organic detox products to fight off the effect of these toxins in the body. For example, a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) showed that "accidents" and other non-routine events at Texas oil and gas facilities, refineries and petrochemical plants have released almost 100,000 tons of pollution from 2009 to 2011.

In response to this, the EIP announced that it will pursue litigation if necessary to stop further pollution. During 2009 through 2011, these accidents at were responsible for the release of more than 42,000 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and just over 50,000 tons of smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This pollution is on top of the toxins that are released when these plants are operating correctly, and are not part of the data taken into account when the government establishes regulations or examines the potential health or environmental impact of a facility.

"Texans living in our state's many fenceline communities have, for far too long, been regularly exposed to pollutants from accidental releases that should never be allowed into the air. And the number of Texans whose health is negatively impacted by such damaging pollution is increasing with the growth of gas extraction and processing operations," said Matt Tejada the executive director of Air Alliance.

EIP Director Eric Schaeffer stated that many of these accidents could be prevented by improving maintenance, re-capturing and reusing gas instead of releasing it to the environment as pollution and by upgrading pollution controls.