"AP Exclusive: Toxic Sites In Likely Path Of Irma"

"MIAMI -- Dozens of personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency worked to secure some of the nation's most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. The agency said its employees evacuated personnel, secured equipment and safeguarded hazardous materials in anticipation of storm surges and heavy rains."

Source: AP, 09/11/2017

Lawsuit: Responders Describe Vomiting, Gasping At Texas Chemical Plant

"A group of first responders exposed to smoke from a Crosby, Tex., chemical plant fire after Hurricane Harvey are suing the owner of the plant for more than $1 million, saying that they vomited and gasped for air in the middle of the road in a scene the suit describes as 'nothing less than chaos.'"

Source: Washington Post, 09/08/2017

Cleanup Of Toxic Firefighting Chemicals At Military Bases: $2 Billion

"It may cost up to $2 billion to clean up toxic firefighting chemicals that have leaked from more than 400 U.S. military installations, including Fairchild Air Force Base, a group of Democratic senators said Tuesday in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee."

Source: Spokane Spokesman-Review, 09/07/2017

After Refinery Damaged by Harvey, Benzene Is Detected in Houston Area

"The city of Houston, the Environmental Protection Agency and an environmental advocacy group are investigating a potentially hazardous plume of a carcinogenic substance in one neighborhood after a nearby oil refiner reported its operations suffered hurricane-related damage."

Source: Wall St. Journal, 09/06/2017

Harvey: Chem Plants Release 1 Million Pounds Of Extra Air Pollutants

"Oil refineries and chemical plants across the Texas Gulf Coast released more than 1 million pounds of dangerous air pollutants in the week after Harvey struck, according to public regulatory filings aggregated by the Center for Biological Diversity."

Source: Washington Post, 09/05/2017


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