Protect Americans from Chemical Explosions

To: President Obama

Protect Americans from Chemical Explosions
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of 15,000 signatures
Campaign created by Bryan Parras

Just as the Newtown shooting painfully illuminated the urgent need for gun control, the West Texas, fertilizer plant explosion is a call to action to make chemical plants safer. Today more than 100 million Americans live in disaster zones. The leading hazard in those zones is poison gas such as anhydrous ammonia, which was also stored at the West, Texas facility. We respectfully urge you to use your authority under the Clean Air Act to ensure the use of safer chemical processes to eliminate these catastrophic hazards wherever feasible, whether they are susceptible to accident or terrorism.

Why is this important?

The April 17 fertilizer plant explosion in West Texas, that killed 14 people and injured an estimated 200 others was a tragic disaster that didn't have to happen. This devastation is a warning about the dangers at U.S. chemical plants.

Today more than 100 million Americans live in disaster zones. The leading hazard in those zones is poison gas such as anhydrous ammonia which was also stored at the West, Texas facility.

Where I live, Texas, is the tip of the iceberg. Texas alone has 101 chemical facilities that each puts 100,000 or more people at risk of a disaster. An additional 372 facilities pose equally catastrophic hazards in communities across the U.S.

In 2004, the Homeland Security Council said an attack on a poison gas facility would kill 17,500 people and send another 100,000 people to the hospital. In 2006, President Obama called these hazards, “stationary weapons of mass destruction spread all across the country.”

Please tell President Obama that he should use his authority as President to make the lives of the 100 million Americans in disaster zones safer.

Respectfully,

Bryan Parras
Houston, TX


REFERENCES:
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/404584-petition-to-epa-to-prevent-chem-disasters-filed.html
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/357316-coalition-letter-obama-chemical-disaster.html
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/332041-nejac-letter.html
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/toxics/
Category: environment labor
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Reasons for signing

  • Mary M. 2013-05-19 11:05:34 -0700
    Texas is a free-for-all for polluters and dangerous chemical manufacturers and storage facilities. Please protect us!
  • Scharl S. 2013-05-18 11:42:14 -0700
    All these polluting corps need to pay into a fund specifically set up to pay damages to individuals and their families for medical and property damages caused by their mishaps. Lawsuits take years and the corps have deep pockets that individuals sometimes don't survive long enough to settle or win these lawsuits.
  • Stephanie P. 2013-05-07 21:46:50 -0700
    This is insanity, we know these facilities are subject to HUGE human error and there are so many safe options, starting with solar power....