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2011

December 11, 2011

Refinery Explosions Near Houston; Residents “Shelter in Place”

(PASADENA, TX) Pasadena Refining System, Inc. plant located off of 100 Traffic Circle at Red Bluff apparently has had two explosions with a fire in their coker unit. Local ABC News is reporting at least two people injured.

October 3, 2011

Toxic Chemicals in Texas Fire Threaten Communities; Lax regulations on chemicals puts everyone at risk

(Houston, TX) Responding to the news of a terrible fast-moving fire in the Dallas suburban community of Waxahachie, Bryan Parras from Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service (t.e.j.a.s.) says, “The people who live around these facilities are the real victims. They live in a constant state of 'shock' that one day an accident will occur and their families will be exposed to the many 'unknown' chemicals on site. The firefighters and first responders are the second victims who come to the scene ignorant of the chemicals being stored inside. How is one expected to protect themselves or others without that knowledge beforehand? No child should have to be removed from school because of an industrial chemical fire.”

April 15, 2011

Safe Chemicals Act of 2011; Good for business

(Washington DC) The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) announced today that it supports Congress to help rebuild the economy and create a new wave of jobs and innovation through the use of green chemistry and sustainable materials with production away from hazardous chemicals.

April 14, 2011

Chemical Reform Urgent for People of Color and Low Income Communities; Underserved communities disproportionately impacted by failed regulatory policy and resulting illness

(Washington, DC) The Environmental Justice & Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform is watching how Congress handles introduction of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 proposed today by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) to reform the nation’s chemical regulations, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Senator Boxer (D-CA), Senator Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) are co-sponsors of the new legislation. The Act has provisions on some long standing environmental justice concerns, including a new program to identify and specifically address communities that are toxic "hot spots" and consideration of the cumulative exposure of chemicals.