Protect Houston's air during natural disasters
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During Hurricane Harvey, petrochemical plants were forced to shut down and restart, emitting 5.98 million pounds of toxic gases and pollutants -- the same amount as total air pollutant emissions during all of 2016. That’s an entire year’s worth of emissions in a single event.
The petrochemical companies emitted dangerous pollutants (carcinogens such as benzene and 1,3-butadiene as well as hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, smog-forming nitrogen oxides, and other volatile organics) into the air without any economic repercussions.
This issue was preventable. Under the law, petrochemical plants are required to regulate emissions using proper environmental standards, but many rules were temporarily suspended on August 28, 2017 by Governor Abbott during Hurricane Harvey.
We ask that Governor Greg Abbott enforce existing laws that keep Houston residents safe. We propose that in the future, Texas does not use natural disasters as an excuse to loosen environmental regulations.
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