19 Jul '12, 9pm

Texas Refineries And Chemical Plants Releasing Tens Of Thousands Of Tons Of Pollution

Texas Refineries And Chemical Plants Releasing Tens Of Thousands Of Tons Of Pollution

Every year, refineries, chemical plants, and natural gas facilities release thousands of tons of air pollution when production units break down, or are shut off, restarted or repaired. Most of these “emission events” release pollution through flares, leaking pipelines, tanks, or other production equipment. Information obtained from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ ) for the last three years shows just how significant that pollution can be. Between 2009 and 2011, emission events at chemical plants, refineries, and natural gas operations released a combined total of more than 42,000 tons of sulfur dioxide and just over 50,000 tons of smog- forming Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), according to industry reports filed with TCEQ . See Table 1. These releases are in addition to the amounts released year-round during so-called “normal operations,” and are usua...

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