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Defend Houston Ship Channel Residents from Toxic Chemicals

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The Safe Chemicals Act would protect Houston Ship Channel residents by raising the standards for the manufacture of industrial-use chemicals- manufacturing that happens right next to their homes and schools.

Under current policy, the EPA can only call for safety testing after evidence surfaces demonstrating a chemical is dangerous. As a result, EPA has been able to require testing for just 200 of the more than 80,000 chemicals currently registered in the United States and has been able to ban only five dangerous substances. The new legislation will give EPA more power to regulate the use of dangerous chemicals and require manufacturers to submit information proving the safety of every chemical in production and any new chemical seeking to enter the market.

A study done by the University of Texas and the city of Houston in cooperation with the EPA targeted twelve hazardous air pollutants generated by petrochemical refining; all twelve chemicals registered present in Houston Ship Channel communites. Eight are known carcinogens, and registered at elevated levels.

Give Houston Ship Channel residents a chance. Let's raise the standards for their health and safety.


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