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Report: Accidents Will Happen
EIP documents emissions from startups, shutdowns and malfunctions at six plants in Port Arthur, Texas.
Oct 17, 2002
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'Accidents Will Happen' analyzes emissions resulting from startup, shutdown, and malfunctions at refineries and chemical plants in Port Arthur, Texas, and the problems associated with pollution from such unpermitted emissions. The specific plants addressed in this Report include Atofina Petrochemicals, Inc., BASF Fina Petrochemicals, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Motiva Enterprises, and The Premcor Refining Group, Inc.
The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) gratefully acknowledges the investigative reporting of Erin Koening of The Examiner in Beaumont, Texas, who drew attention to the data which led to this Report.
EIP also wishes to thank Kelly Haragan of Public Citizen and Neil Carman of the Sierra Club for their valuable comments and suggestions towards the production of this Report and Denny Larson of the Refinery Reform Campaign and the Port Arthur Bucket Brigade for providing information from their air sample analyses.
Additionally, we would like to acknowledge the staff of the Beaumont Office of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for their assistance in locating and copying documents requested for this Report.
Last but not least, Hilton Kelley, Director of the Community In-power and Development Association in Port Arthur and a member of the Refinery Reform Campaign, should be recognized for having the courage to fight for cleaner air for his community.