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A Closer Look at How and Where Hazardous Chemicals Are Stored In Greater Houston

Posted on · Back in May (May 19, 2016), we spoke with Houston Chronicle reporters Matt Dempsey and Mark Collette about the first installment in an extensive series called Chemical Breakdown, looking at chemical facilities in the Houston region. In the initial piece, Dempsey and Collette looked at chemical inventories for 2,500 businesses in the Houston area and, working with […]

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One Year Later: Lessons Learned from the DuPont Chemical Accident

Posted on · Sunday marks the one year anniversary of the fatal leak at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte that killed four workers. We discuss what’s been learned since the accident with Houston Chronicle investigative reporter Lise Olsen. MORE: What Went Wrong at La Porte DuPont? (Houston Matters, Nov. 18, 2014) Regulators Make Safety Recommendations To DuPont […]

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Texas City Explosion Ten Years Later: Lesson Learned and Ignored

Posted on · March 23 marked the 10-year anniversary of the fatal Texas City explosion. Fifteen workers died and about 180 others were injured amid a series of explosions at the BP oil refinery in Texas City. As described in coverage from the Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle, warnings from the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board about […]

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Federal Investigators: Chemical Industry Has A Safety Crisis

Posted on · The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says the industry it oversees is experiencing a safety crisis. The board investigates industrial accidents, and it says recent deadly explosions and chemical leaks in Texas make a strong case for action. We discuss the issue with News 88.7’s energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling.