A DEMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS OF CHEMICAL DISASTER VULNERABILITY ZONES

| September 18, 2017

article image
More than 134 million Americans, and their homes, schools, businesses, parks, and places of worship, live in harm’s way of a toxic chemical release from several basic industries, according to this new analysis of 3,433 facilities that use or store extremely hazardous chemicals. Neighbours of facilities in these industries are disproportionately Black (African American) or Latino,1 have higher rates of poverty than for the U.S. as a whole, and have lower housing values, incomes, & education levels than the national average. Characteristics of populations within the “vulnerability zones” of entire industry sectors that manufacture chemicals, treat water or wastewater, produce bleach, generate electric power.

Spotlight

Aegis Chemical Solutions

Aegis Chemical Solutions provides high-quality chemical treatment and technical services for oilfield applications.PRODUCTS & SERVICES Production Chemicals Aegis offers a full suite of production chemicals and associated services which enable customers to increase production, decrease costs and increase the life of the well.

OTHER ARTICLES

More data show how far we still have to go to solve the climate and plastic waste crises

Article | June 27, 2021

SEE THE END section of this blog post for a dystopian version of our environmental future. In a follow-up post – which I will publish on Thursday, 1 July – I will offer some suggestions about how we can avoid an outcome that nobody of course wants.Both posts are meant to be provocative, challenging and controversial because only through debate, and sometimes outright argument, will we get to the answers. If you disagree after either or both posts have been published, great, that would be good. In fact, I would love to hear from you whatever your views at john.richardson@icis.com. The petrochemicals industry can do this; we can fix this if we create the right forums for ideas and then solutions. Let me provide the background first. Let me start by examining developments in the refinery industry and the implications for petrochemicals as important background. Then I will look at a sample of ICIS petrochemicals demand growth forecasts for 2020-2040. I will conclude by providing the bleakest of bleak outcomes for the world in 2025

Read More

The Potential Dangers Of Living Near A Chemical Plant

Article | February 21, 2020

Plant explosion may feel like a familiar news headline to Texans. But why? It's not the case in other areas of the country. Why do explosions seem so prevalent here? A straightforward reason for the unusual number of explosions in Texas is the type of industries that drive its economy. Texas is the nation's leader when it comes to petroleum refining and chemical product production. Refineries and production plants handle volatile chemicals. Without proper monitoring and safety measures, dangerous explosions can result.

Read More

Removal of non-industrial chemicals from the NICNAS Inventory

Article | March 23, 2020

The Australian Government announced its intention to implement reforms to the way in which industrial chemicals are regulated. The reforms are intended to streamline the process of assessing industrial chemicals to reduce the regulatory burden and to make regulatory effort more proportionate to risk. The Industrial Chemicals Act, which was passed by Parliament in February of 2019 and received Royal Assent in March of 2019, creates a new framework for the regulation of imported or manufactured industrial chemicals. The new scheme, referred to as the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme, or AICIS, will replace the current National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme, referred to as NICNAS.

Read More

Eliminating Harmful Chemicals from Your Household Products

Article | February 24, 2020

I have just recently starting swapping out my old household cleaning products for new, safer versions that contain fewer harmful chemicals. This can be a daunting process for most people including me! I am by no means an expert in this process, and I have debated whether I should write a blog article about it. However, I decided to go ahead and share with you what I have learned so far, and maybe we can go through this process together.

Read More

Spotlight

Aegis Chemical Solutions

Aegis Chemical Solutions provides high-quality chemical treatment and technical services for oilfield applications.PRODUCTS & SERVICES Production Chemicals Aegis offers a full suite of production chemicals and associated services which enable customers to increase production, decrease costs and increase the life of the well.

Events