Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America
New questions about cause of massive Texas chemical plant blast
At TPC Group’s massive, aging petrochemical plant in Port Neches. Texas, near the Gulf Coast, tit was not supposed to be like this. In 2017, the company reached a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to aggressively monitor the air surrounding the facility for 1,3 butadiene — a highly flammable, carcinogenic chemical that had been leaking from the site — and to take speedy corrective action when there was a violation.
What happened next is truly incredible. Records obtained by the Texas Tribune show that instead of going down, toxic emissions at the Port Neches plant soared. On at least three days in the summer and fall of 2019, levels of butadiene at the plant’s fence line spiked to as much as 29 times the level that scientists believe is safe for short-term human exposure.
“Kids are not coming back to a school which got an early start to the summer break because of radioactive worries.
Third party testing has not even been done yet, but school officials in Pike County said they wanted to give parents certainty for the fall.
Making things more complicated, the main contact for the federal government working with the district and health officials no longer has that job.
School Board President Brandon Wooldridge tells us he has lost faith in the process.”
United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced Friday that Morris & Dickson Company LLC has agreed to pay the United States $22 million in civil penalties to resolve claims that it violated the Controlled Substances Act by failing to report suspicious orders of hydrocodone and oxycodone.
Father questions if daughter’s cancer caused by radioactive material at Pike Co. school
As many as 2,000 people, or more, may have been adversely affected by the release of radioactive materials from the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, according to a class-action complaint filed Sunday in federal court in Ohio.