The bulk use and storage of poison gases like chlorine at chemical facilities and wastewater and drinking water plants currently puts millions of Americans at risk of a Bhopal magnitude chemical disaster. In fact, as Greenpeace’s John Deans points out at thenation.com, one in three people in this country live in the danger zones around the highest risk plants.
It is time for President Obama to authorize the EPA to fully implement chemical disaster prevention under the Clean Air Act. This could help temper the risk of chemical disaster. In recent months, fifty-nine organizations filed an official petition with the EPA while more than 60,000 people have signed a petition calling for safer chemical plants. Add your name to the cause. After weighing in, share this post (and this interactive map) with friends, family and your Facebook and Twitter communities.
In this post and related slide show at Huffington Post, Deans details ten of the most dangerous chemical plants in the US.
For this video, Greenpeace talked to residents of Los Angeles about local chemical plants that put their communities at risk.
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