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OMB Watch: Using the Clean Air Act to Protect Americans From Chemical Accidents
April 11, 2012, 9:05 am
Filed under: News

Posted on April 3, 2012    In March, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory panel recommended that the agency use its authority under the Clean Air Act to protect Americans against chemical disasters. Using safer chemicals could reduce or eliminate the threats and dangers that chemical plants pose to millions of people living downwind.

Americans at Risk   More than four hundred chemical plants in the United States pose a significant risk to the communities in which they operate, each one putting at least 100,000 Americans at risk of a chemical disaster. In addition, several thousand plants use, store, and ship poisonous gases, such as chlorine and anhydrous ammonia, creating more risks of accidents and exposure. For instance, in March 2011, two workers were killed, two more injured, and about 130 employees were out of work after a chemical plant exploded in Rubbertown, KY. In January 2005, nine people died and at least 529 were injured when a freight train pulling three tankers full of liquidized chlorine and one tanker of sodium hydroxide crashed into a parked train in Graniteville, SC, releasing 11,500 gallons of chlorine gas.

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