Everyone has the right to breathe clean air. But that right is being denied to the millions who live in the shadows of nearly 150 oil refineries across the United States. Modern pollution control technology exists and is widely available. Earthjustice is working to get oil refineries to clean up their pollution. We are also fighting EPA's delay of chemical disaster prevention measures that would protect children, workers and communities at risk from chemical accidents.
Communities along the fenceline of oil refineries 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. (Related Stories: Hurricanes Irma and Harvey Cast Spotlight on Toxic Threats in Our Midst and In Harvey's Wake, Residents Near Houston Industry Suffer Pollution Spike)
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Last updated: October 21, 2014
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.