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Knowing Your Neighbor When Deadly Chemicals Are Next Door

Laura Isensee

A Houston chemical plant
When chemical fertilizer stored at a farm supply depot in the town of West exploded last month, it raised all sorts of questions about safety. Homes and a school that were within a quarter mile of the facility were heavily damaged. But it doesn't take a catastrophic explosion to put a community at risk — especially when chemicals are in the form of a gas.
You know, there have been some fire situations where the firemen have gone in and they've realized they didn't know a certain chemical was in that facility.”
—Cheryl Vital, with the Galena Park School District and is on the LEPC.

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Dave Fehling

Energy & Environment Reporter for StateImpact

Dave Fehling is KUHF's Energy and Environment Reporter. His reporting is a part of StateImpact, a collaboration with KUT in Austin and NPR...