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An Open Letter To President Obama -- Domestic Catastrophic Risk Demands Action Behind The Talk

Ralph Nader | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

How would our country view a weak EPA rule if one day there was a chemical catastrophe that killed thousands of Americans? More than twenty thousand people died as the result of the 1984 gas leak at a plant in Bhopal, India, in addition to many serious disabling illnesses.

Obama EPA Must Act to Prevent Chemical Plant Catastrophe

David Halperin | Posted 03.28.2016 | Green
David Halperin

Tomorrow I'm scheduled to speak at an EPA public hearing addressing a new rule that the agency has proposed regarding dangers from America's chemical plants.

Kate Sheppard

Federal Agencies Propose Tougher Chemical Safety After Disaster In West, Texas | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal working group released a report Friday that details how the government can improve chemical plant safety and security, more th...

Obama Task Force on Chemical Dangers: Strong Enough?

David Halperin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Green
David Halperin

We owe it to the victims of West, Texas, and all the people living and working near these chemical facilities, to take strong action.

Study: Blacks, Latinos, Low-income Americans Live Closest to Dangerous Chemical Plants

David Halperin | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
David Halperin

More than 134 million people live in danger zones created by about 3,400 U.S. facilities that manufacture chemicals, produce paper, treat water, generate electric power, refine petroleum, or otherwise use or store hazardous materials. Millions more people work in or visit these areas.

New Video Highlights Urgent Need for Obama to Make Chemical Plants Safer

David Halperin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
David Halperin

Many companies, such as Clorox, have voluntarily switched to safer chemicals, demonstrating that it can be done. But hard-line chemical companies, led by the Koch brothers, have lobbied relentlessly in Washington to prevent reforms.

Kate Sheppard

Anti-Terrorism Rules Have Lapsed Due To Shutdown | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The shutdown has paralyzed many government functions over the last week and a half. One of them is the enforcement of standards designed...

Obama Can and Must Act Now on Chemical Plant Safety

David Halperin | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
David Halperin

High-priced lobbyists for the Koch brothers and other chemical plant owners have for decades prevented effective action on Capitol Hill to make these plants safer from attack or accident. But President Obama has the power to make that happen.

African American Descendants Sue To Save Louisiana's Revilletown Cemetery

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.13.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Jan. 7, 2013 edition.) Former residents of Revilletown--an African American community to...

10 Of The Most Dangerous Chemical Plants In The US: Is Your City At Risk?

John Deans | Posted 10.08.2012 | Green
John Deans

Tens of millions of Americans in major metropolitan areas are at risk of deadly exposure to toxic chemicals. Thousands of chemical facilities are vulnerable to accidents or acts of terrorism, and almost 500 of these facilities are located in or near America's most populous cities.

A Firefighter Speaks Out On the Need for Real Chemical Security

Philip Radford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Philip Radford

110 million Americans live with the risk of a large-scale chemical disaster, and many of those are the brave citizens who respond when the worst happe...

Chemical Insecurity

Philip Radford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Philip Radford

Simple, inexpensive, and common sense changes, like substituting or reducing the amount of lethal gases stored on-site, would protect millions of people from harm.

Latest Sell-Out: Dems Moving to Gut Chemical Security Bill, Risking Millions of Lives

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Art Levine

Democrats have apparently been cowed by intensive industry lobbying and Republican legislators' talking-points at recent hearings denouncing the new bill as a jobs-killer.