Everyone has the right to breathe clean air—and that right is being denied to the millions who live in the shadows of nearly 150 oil refineries across the United States. People living nearest oil refineries are disproportionately children, lower income, African American and Latino.
Neighboring communities are forced to breathe air filled with a toxic soup of hazardous air pollution—including mercury and hydrogen cyanide—known to cause cancer, birth defects and many other serious health issues. In 2015, EPA released a new rule to control refinery pollution. Find out the top 5 things to know about the rule.
ICR Emissions: Information Collection Requests were sent by the EPA to all oil refineries in 2011. They provided EPA with self reported data on emission inventories, processing characteristics and other information for each refinery. This data is being used to set health and safety standards that protect communities from toxic air pollution.
TRI Emissions: Toxic Release Inventory is required reporting by the EPA to track toxic chemicals that pose a threat to human health. All refineries are required to report annually, but the TRI is less comprehensive than the ICR, covering fewer pollutants. Where ICR data was not provided by a refinery, TRI reporting from 2011 is displayed.