Protect Texas Communities from Toxic Chemical Pollution

Demand Action from EPA and DHS to Improve Chemical Safety

It’s unconscionable that children should have to hide indoors to escape exposure to dangerous chemicals when safer alternatives are available.

Every day, millions of people across the country live and work in the shadow of high-risk chemical plants that store and use highly hazardous chemicals with the potential to kill or injure thousands of workers and community residents.

These communities are more likely to be low-income communities and communities of color, who already experience disproportionate health impacts linked to chemical exposures.

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The President and EPA should use the authority they have under the Clean Air Act to require high-risk facilities to switch to safer chemicals and processes whenever they are available, effective, and affordable.

The EPA should set a mandatory fee on all toxic chemical purchases and use the money collected to fund emergency response teams through the E-PLAN and local emergency planning committees near chemical facilities.

The EPA should recognize communities’ right to know what hazardous chemicals are being used and stored in and near their neighborhoods by making all such information available online. If chemicals are too hazardous for the public to know about, they are too hazardous to be used and stored anywhere near where people live.

The Department of Homeland Security should provide additional funding for a reverse 911 system and require that all landlines and cell phones receive an immediate alert as soon as a chemical release occurs in or near their area.

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