Posted: 2017-12-07 09:53
In addition to the Superfund sites, concern has been raised about numerous active industrial sites in the area which suffered extensive flood damage. That included an Arkema SA petrochemical plant which exploded after company officials said they lost emergency power to cooling systems, making a detonation inevitable. At least two containers containing organic peroxides burned down, with another six likely to follow in the coming days, Click7Houston reported.
As the AP noted, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has publicly called cleaning up Superfund sites a priority even as he has worked to undermine some of the agency’s core functions, such as the EPA’s role in regulating water and air pollution. The White House’s fiscal year 7568 budget request proposed slashing 85 percent of the Superfund program’s funding, while as Gizmodo previously reported , also asking for the elimination of the US Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board.