Port Arthur, Texas is home to a high density of oil refineries, chemical plants and hazardous waste facilities that have made the Gulf Coast city one of the most polluted in America. Asthma and cancer rates in the largely African-American neighborhood known as West Side—which sits at the fenceline of Port Arthur's heavy industry—are among the highest in the state.
Every year, thousands of tons of incredibly dangerous pollutants—sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds—are released into the environment. As a result, the very air that we breathe to stay alive is contaminated.
Clean Air Ambassador | Port Arthur, Texas
Port Arthur, Texas, is home to more than five large refineries and six chemical plants, one incinerator facility and a Coca-Cola plant.
Every month, one or the other has an emissions event. When this happens, these facilities release large amounts of petroleum toxins into the air. Some of the chemicals are known carcinogens, like benzene and 1-3 butadiene, and many of the other chemicals impact the respiratory system and bloodstream.
It’s time our federal and local governments do more to protect human health from these big polluters and push them to obey the Clean Air Act laws that are presently stated by federal law and upgrade their antiquated units.
Our congressman, Ted Poe, should take a stand and do more to protect the health of the people that he has committed to serve. A disproportionate number of people are suffering in our communities from being exposed to toxic emissions. One out of every five households in the low income, people of color community here in Port Arthur, Texas, has a child suffering with asthma and other contaminated air related illnesses—and we are sick of it. Put people first, not big polluters!
One out of every five households in the low income, people of color community here in Port Arthur Texas, has a child that is suffering with asthma and other contaminated air related illnesses—and we are sick of it.
50 States United For Healthy Air
Clean air should be a fundamental right. Air pollution causes asthma attacks, lung disease, and even death. But our bodies don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.
The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it.
Clean Air Ambassadors from every state are sending a powerful message: Everyone has a right to breathe clean, healthy air.
It’s time Congress and the EPA used their ears to help our lungs.