What is Chemical Security and
What Does It Have to Do With Environmental Justice?
President Obama's Interagency Task Force on Chemical Security Issues New Report June 6, 2014
Environmental Justice and Health Alliance Responds
Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters Responds
Blacks & Latinos at higher risk for Chemical Disaster. New Report from Environmental Justice and Health Alliance, Center for Effective Government and Coming Clean. 5/1/14
Executive Order on Chemical Disasters Listening Session, 2/27/14 Newark, New Jersey News Advisory
Executive Order on Chemical Disasters Listening Session, 2/19/14 Baton Rouge, Louisiana News Advisory
Environmental Justice Leaders Gather in Denver for 20th Anniversary of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) 2/11/14 - 2/12/14 News Advisory
Chemical Safety Board Chair Rafael Moure-Eraso Speaks Out in New York Times 1/28/14
Executive Order on Chemical Disaster Listening Sessions 1/8/14 - Sacramento and 1/9/14 & 1/10/14 - Los Angeles Info
Explosion, Fire, at Axiall Plant Near Mossville, Louisiana, 12/21/13. Read News Advisory
Michele Roberts from Environmental Health and Justice Alliance in EPA Blog
Executive Order on Chemical Disaster Listening Session: 11/15/13, Washington DC, News Advisory
EPA/DHS/OSHA Executive Order Listening Sessions on Chemical Disaster: 11/05/13, Texas City, News Advisory
New! Check out video of call for action to Obama and then call the White House Now!
Juan Parras from TEJAS and Katherine McFate of the Center for Effective Government explain Chemical Security in the Houston Chronicle, October 20, 2013 - Much work remains in the West
Chemical Security is a term that describes community protection from chemicals that are often stored near where people are living, or that are transported through residential areas, posing a hazard to people and the environment.
Every day, millions of people live and work in the shadow of 12,440 high-risk chemical plants that store and use highly hazardous chemicals with the potential to kill or injure thousands of workers and community residents. Eighty-nine of these facilities put more than one million people at risk.
The people who live in communities surrounding these facilities are at greater risk than anyone except the workers in the plant in the event of an explosion or catastrophic release of a poison gas. These communities are more likely to be low-income communities and communities of color.
Chemical manufacturing plants, chemical storage facilities (such as those use for wastewater treatment plants or manufacturing), train yards and port facilities are typical areas where chemical security is an issue.
The locations where corporations tend to build these chemical storage areas are likley to be in low income communities of color, whose families are disproportionately impacted by the chemicals exposures.
The Environmental Justice and Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform is a key partner in the Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters - a collaboration of health, labor, environmental justice, public health and public interest organizations who are calling on the Obama Administration to protect communities by requiring chemical facilities to use safer chemicals and processes where available and affordable
President Obama recently issued an executive order for a multi-agency effort to come up with a policy to protect the public from chemical disasters.
On October 11, 2013, the Coalition released a new public opinion research poll commissioned by EJHA and other partners, which found strong bipartisan report for federal requirements to protect communities from chemical disasters. Read news release. Listen to the news teleconference. Check out the slide show about the poll.
Juan Parras, founder of Texas Environmental Justivce Advocacy Services (TEJAS) in Houston, was one of four principal speakers in the Coalition’s national press conference releasing the poll results. Juan said:
"Right after 911, The Texas Attorney General came to Houston and spoke to us and explained that of every category that qualifies as a terrorist target, Houston as at least one each of those terrorist targets. We have more fertilizer and chemical plants in our petrochemical corridor than anywhere else in the country. If a terrorist hits here, millions would die and millions more would become more sick than they are now from chemical exposure.I hope that President Obama comes up with a real policy that protects our community from the dangers of these chemicals.” Additional expert voices found here.
Read various news stories and documents about the Historic Opportunity for Chemical Disaster Prevention 2013.
For more information, contact Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters participants:
Richard Moore, Los Jardines Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org 505 301.0276
Michele Roberts, Environmental Justice and Health Alliance email@example.com 202 704.7593
Rick Hind, Greenpeace firstname.lastname@example.org, 202 319-2445 (direct), 202 413-8513 (cell)