Overnight Explosion at Port Neches, Texas Chemical Plant a “Preventable Tragedy”

Statement of EDF’s Elena Craft – November 27, 2019

November 27, 2019
Allyn West, 713-724-1810, awest@edf.org

“Another preventable tragedy at a Texas petrochemical facility has hospitalized at least three workers and damaged nearby businesses just a day before Thanksgiving. The fiery sky, blown-out windows, evacuations, and shelter-in-place orders are glaring reminders that we need state and federal officials to do more to protect our communities. Instead, Trump’s EPA put emergency responders and people living near these industrial facilities in harm’s way by gutting needed safeguards last week. We will be thankful when they take chemical safety more seriously.”

Elena Craft, EDF Senior Director, Climate and Health

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