Landmark Victory - Clean Air Gets a Chance
Feb 28, 2009 05:22PM
“Under this notorious EPA exemption, industrial facilities have been allowed to operate like a fleet of junk cars… spewing blue smoke, misfiring, backfiring, stalling and chugging,” says Marti Sinclair, chair of Sierra Club’s Clean Air Team.
In Texas, home to more than 250 refineries, chemical, petrochemical and other industrial sites, the most of any state, state records tracked 30 facilities emitting 45 million pounds of toxins in one year, during these off-the-books periods. Citizens of Louisiana, where some 20 million pounds of air toxins are pumped into the air each year, also stand to benefit. Source: Earthjustice.org.