Chemicals

"Louisiana Shell Refinery Left Spewing Chemicals After Hurricane Ida"

"Behind a playground littered with downed tree branches, Shell’s refinery in Norco, Louisiana spewed black smoke from its stacks. The smell of rotten eggs, the signature scent of sulphur emissions, lingered in the air. In an effort to burn off toxic chemicals before and after Hurricane Ida, many industrial facilities sent the gases through smoke stacks topped with flares."

Source: Guardian, 09/06/2021

"Lack of Power Hinders Assessment of Toxic Pollution Caused by Ida"

"A fertilizer plant battered by Hurricane Ida belched highly toxic anhydrous ammonia into the air. Two damaged gas pipelines leaked isobutane and propylene, flammable chemicals that are hazardous to human health. And a plastic plant that lost power in the storm’s aftermath is emitting ethylene dichloride, yet another toxic substance."

Source: NYTimes, 09/02/2021

Reports Of Environmental Problems Caused By Ida Begin To Trickle In

"Information about potential environmental threats caused by Hurricane Ida have been slow in coming, but initial reports to the Coast Guard's National Response Center and the state Department of Environmental Quality confirm there were releases of crude oil, fuel oils and a variety of chemicals in numerous locations in southeastern Louisiana on the day before and the day of the storm."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 09/01/2021

EPA Falsifying Risk Assessments For Dangerous Chemicals: Whistleblowers

"Whistleblowers say the US Environmental Protection Agency has been falsifying dangerous new chemicals’ risk assessments in an effort to make the compounds appear safe and quickly approve them for commercial use."

Source: Guardian, 08/31/2021

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