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Waxahachie Could Happen Anywhere: Tell Your Senators to Vote for Chemical Disaster Prevention

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      Greenpeace

On October 3rd, 2011, a massive fire broke out at a chemical plant in Waxahachie, Texas, forcing the evactuation of a nearby elementary school and college. While the scope of the disaster is currently unknown, it's quite possible that there are ultrahazardous chemicals on site that put the community at risk.

It doesn't have to be this way. Comphrensive chemical security legislation has already passed the House of Representatives and has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Launtenberg. This bill would protect millions of Americans from unforeseen disasters like the one in Waxahachie, Texas.

The bulk use and storage of chlorine and other poison gases at large waste water and drinking water plants alone puts millions of Americans at risk of a Bhopal magnitude chemical disaster. Approximately 70 of these plants each put 100,000 people at risk, some of them each put a million or more people at risk. But some communities no longer face these risks because they switched to safer chemical processes. For example, Washington, DC converted their waste water treatment plant 90 days after the 9/11 attacks. Before 9/11 their use of chlorine gas put 1.7 million people at risk.

Both the Department of Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency is asking for this authority. The U.S. House of Representatives passed similar legislation on November 6, 2009. If enacted this legislation could eliminate catastrophic risks at the highest risk chemical plants and it would also create jobs.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Magnablend Fire In Waxahachie Shows Need for Disaster Prevention

      This is the latest update from our Toxics Campaigner John Deans about the chemical plant fire. Let's prevent a Bhopal disaster from happening in the USA. Take action and tell your Senator to prevent chemical disasters now!

    3. Photos from the Aftermath

      We just put up photos from the aftermath of the chemical plant explosion. The plant shares a parking lot with a college and is right near an elementary school.

    4. We've reached 100 signatures!

      Thank you all for signing this petition. Chemical disasters are highly preventable, and with your help we can prevent the next one by passing comprehensive chemical security legislation. Please share this petition with your friends and family.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
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