In the United States, about 177 million people live in the worst-case scenario zones for a chemical disaster. At least one in three schoolchildren attends a school within the vulnerability zone of a hazardous facility. And from 2004 to 2013 alone, more than 2,200 chemical accidents were reported at hazardous facilities, over 1,500 of which caused reported harm.
Too many communities live under the constant threat of a chemical catastrophe.
Earthjustice is defending the Chemical Disaster Rule, a federal regulation aimed at preventing and preparing for catastrophes at oil refineries and chemical facilities.
We challenged an illegal delay of the rule and won in 2017, and we continue to fight a Trump-era rollback proposal.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should strengthen — not weaken — chemical facility safety standards to protect the lives and health of communities, workers, and first responders.
Our Clients & Partners include: Air Alliance Houston, California Communities Against Toxics, Clean Air Council, Coalition For A Safe Environment, Community In-Power & Development Association, Del Amo Action Committee, Environmental Integrity Project, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment
Work by Earthjustice’s Washington, D.C., Office