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News Release, December 21, 2013

Toxic Fumes Engulf Mossville Community; Axiall explosion and fire worse than reported

(Mossville, LA) Although Axiall corporate and local government officials announced the “all clear” for Friday’s fire at the Axiall plant in Westlake, Louisiana, nearby residents say that the toxic smoke from the fire was overwhelming, threatening, and that contamination in the community goes beyond short term smoke in the area.

News Release, November 13, 2013

Are Toxic Chemical Disasters a National Threat? EPA, DHS, OSHA Hold Meeting to Hear from Experts On Threat From Chemicals

(Washington, DC) The Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  and the Department of Labor’s Occupation Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)  is holding a "listening session" about the threat of chemical disaster and health hazards for communities living near chemical plants and routes where chemicals are transported, on Friday, November 15, 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. easternin Washington, DC. The session is one of several prompted by the explosion in West, Texas, and other areas.

News Advisory, November 12, 2013

Toxic Chemical Protections? Not Likely in House Hearing

(Washington, DC) The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy is holding a hearing Wednesday on “chemical safety,” to address the Senate bill for reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). On May 22, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) (S. 1009) was introduced in the United States Senate to update the failed TSCA framework.

News Release, November 1, 2013

Chemical Disasters: EPA Holds Meeting in Texas to Hear from Communities

(Houston, TX) EPA is holding a "listening session" about the threat of chemical disaster and health hazards for communities living near chemical plants on Tuesday, November 5th, 8am in Texas City. The session is one of several prompted by the explosion in West,Texas and other areas.

News Release, July 22, 2013

Residents of Contaminated Community to be Relocated Away from Toxic Chemicals Exposure; Many residents have died and are sick from chemical plant exposures

(Mossville, LA) The people of Mossville, Louisiana, living in the shadow of chronic toxic chemicals exposure from 14 petrochemical facilities, will have the opportunity to voluntarily relocate, according to a statement announced Friday by the South African-based energy and chemicals company, Sasol. Mossville is an historic African American community located in southwest Louisiana.

News Release, May 23, 2013

Toxic Chemicals Reform Bill: Statement from Environmental Justice and Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform

(Washington, DC) Michele Roberts and Richard Moore, spokespersons for the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform, provide these comments on the “Chemical Safety Improvement Act” introduced yesterday by Senators Frank Lautenberg and David Vitter.

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