EPA: FLARES AT REFINERIES RELEASE 4xs MORE VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS THAN PREVIOUSLY REPORTED

eip-logo25Washington, D.C.  April 21, 2015

New EPA guidelines (prompted by a 2013 lawsuit by the Environmental Integrity Project on behalf of Air Alliance Houston, Community In-Power and Development, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services) have determined that flares at refineries and chemical plants emit about four times more volatile organic compounds (VOCs) a smog-forming air pollutant than previously reported.

EPA also found that Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units at refineries emit more than 10 times more hydrogen cyanide per year, releasing more than 3,000 tons more of this powerful neurotoxin each year than previously reported, and more than one third the combined total of all hazardous air pollutants refineries reported to the Toxics Release Inventory in 2013.

http://environmentalintegrity.org/archives/7260

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P66 flaring seen “for miles” yet no community warning system was activated

May 18, 2015

From KPIX news

An “unplanned shutdown” …an extremely dangerous situation (pre-explosion) yet no community warning system was activated. Why not? 

If you saw the flare, please complain to BAAQMD:  There are two ways to file a complaint:

  • Fill out an online complaint form, or
  • Call the 24-hour toll-free complaint hotline at 1-800-334-ODOR (6367)

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/05/18/refinery-flare-at-phillips-refinery-in-rodeo-visible-for-miles/

Environmental groups sue over new, weak, train safety rules. American Petroleum Institute (API) sues over same regulations. API claims the expectation of improved safety 10 years down the road sets the bar too high.

By Reuters

Seven Groups (including Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and Forest Ethics) say the rules, issued on May 1, would allow the industry to continue to use unsafe tank cars for up to 10 years.

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The kids playing on a basketball court in Philly are just a few of the 25 million folks    who live in a bomb-train sacrifice zone 

“We’re suing the administration because these rules won’t protect the 25 million Americans living in the oil train blast zone,” said ForestEthics executive director, Todd Paglia.

MEANWHILE…. the American Petroleum Institute’s sues to stop the safety program and asks for a different safety program …based “on science.”

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By Rachel Levin, Bloomberg News

http://www.bna.com/crudebyrail-60day-challenge-n17179926392/

GOOD NEWS! Huge, seismic shift in Tar Sands political landscape.

By John Barber (The Guardian, Toronto)

albertaIt was bound to happen. Arboreal forests were turned into surreal, toxic moonscapes. Unemployment soared as the capital intensive — not labor intensive — industry got a free ride, thanks to a low, Big Oil friendly tax structure.

 Not quite as low as in America, mind you — where oil industry pays no federal taxes, but bad enough to bring dark economic times to a province …. that should have been rolling in the dough.

Looks like folks in Alberta got fed up.  And it looks like tough times ahead for the KXL pipeline and the Enbridge Northern Gateway plan.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/06/canada-alberta-elects-leftwing-party-keystone-pipeline

It’s all about the bottom line: Department of Transportation tosses out transparency regs for explosive cargo

From the Nebraska Star Journal (story compiled from wire reports)

The governments of the USA and Canada just proposed in their new “safety” regulations which will conveniently end public disclosure requirements regarding volatile crude oil shipments.

The regulation actually states (emphasis added): top-secret-file_off

“The transportation of oil by rail can …avoid the negative security and business implications of widespread public disclosures of routing and volume data.”  

Heaven forbid we should know what the rolling bomb trains are bringing into the neighborhoods and densely populated urban centers across America.

http://journalstar.com/business/agriculture/new-rules-bar-disclosure-of-oil-train-traffic-and-routes/article_8ce32183-8fdf-5b9b-8b10-59bab380033e.html

And really can you blame the Feds for wanting to keep us in the dark?  When people are informed, they fight back, as they did up in North.  Check out this documentary that Bill Maher produced last year.   Welcome to our world.

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Click below…it begins after a brief commercial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpXfQMFR_Qs