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Leticia: @airallianceHOU has their own purple air monitors for #ITCDisaster. @HarvardU also has monitors. #ITCfire is why we cannot afford rollbacks. Study by @EnvironmentTex show companies like ITC don't incur problems from air quality violations. EPA & TCEQ not protecting us
.@HighTechAztec @SierraClub: Experiencing symptoms of exposure and high levels of distress.

I care because I live here, too. My mom lives in Deer Park. Friends who are pregnant & vulnerable. Concerned about cumulative impact. Scares me

#ITCDisasterTownHall #ITCfire #UTCDisaster
.@RiceUniversity Dr. Dominic Boyer (CENHS):

"The Ship Channel is a time bomb we're sitting on."

Most disturbing, seeming indifference of people. We can do better. We should do better.

#ITCfire #ITCDisasterTownHall #ITCDisaster
Sema Hernández, Pasadena community mom whose kids go to #DeerPark ISD

"We're being held hostage in our own homes. Those fines aren't going to pay for our healthcare bills. I know my children are not safe. In Pasadena, we don't have air monitors. We're living in a cancer cluster"
Sema Hernández:

I had to go to purpleair.com for air readings.

What kind of readings are we not being told?

My kids get nose bleeds. Takes 48 hours for benzene to leave body

Is Harris County prepared? We have to do better, for our children.

#ITCDisasterTownHall
Sema Hernández:

"When I drop off my kids everyday at school, there are flares going off.

On Sunday #ITCfire, there were no sirens. That's scary.

#ITCDisasterTownHall #ITCDisaster
Dr. Dan Cohen, @RiceUniversity CEE, associate professor environmental engineering:

"TCEQ monitors were down for several hours when I would have wanted to see them.

TCEQ sets levels at 180 ppb in Texas. California at 8 ppb"

#ITCDISASTERTOWNHALL #TCEQ #TXlege #ITCfire #TXlege
Dr. Dan Cohen:

We haven't built new refineries in over 30 years. Grandfathered in. Haven't been updated.
Emily Ablaza @airallianceHOU:

Call @TCEQ @EPA #HarrisCounty Pollution Control

Hold your elected representatives accountable.

#TCEQ board appointed by Gov Abbott and they give campaign contributions to the governor

#ITCDisasterTownHall #ITCfire #TXlege #DeerParkFire #DeerPark
Emily Ablaza @airallianceHOU:

The worst part is having to drop off my daughter at Milby High School with a mask the school passed out. Upsetting and frustrating.

#ITCDisasterTownHall #ITCDisaster #ITCfire
.@HighTechAztec @SierraClub:

For me, I'm not sure people should be living this close. It's a ticking time bomb. There are schools next to these facilities. We need to be thinking about mass relocation.

#ITCDisasterTownHall #ITCDisaster #ITCfire
Dr. Dominic Boyer, @RiceUniversity CENHS:

Participates in toxic tours with @tejasbarrios. Within ten minutes in Manchester, they have headaches.

"We need to look at design of eastern part of the city."

#ITCDisasterTownHall #ITCDisaster #ITCfire
Dr. Dan Cohen @RiceUniversity CEE:

Hourly air monitoring available on @TCEQ website:

tceq.texas.gov

Anyone can view data

Audience: Who will keep them accountable & transparent?

#ITCDisasterTownHall #ITCfire #DeerParkFire #ITC #DeerPark #ITCDisaster #TCEQ #TXlege
Dr. Dan Cohen, RICE CEE:
We've set up the price of pollution to free. #ClimateChange is happening.

Dr. Dominic Boyer, RICE CENHS: Houston is starting Climate Change town halls. Get involved. Houston's response is critical. Alternatives

#ITCDisasterTownHall #ITCDisaster #ITCFire
Emily Albaza @airallianceHOU:

Air Alliance is pushing for a Chemical Disaster Rule.

Audience: Is our water contaminated? Is it being tested?

Our community needs a report card to hold our elected officials, government & petrochemical industry accountable.

#ITCDisasterTownHall
What can average person do?

Selma Hernández:
Contact your mayor. Demand air monitors in other parts of the city.

Raise hell. This is your life.

@ITCdisaster is a new Twitter account folks can post to.

#ITC press conf time limits.

#ITCDisasterTownHall #ITCDisaster #ITCfire
Audience: On Thurs at 4:53 a.m. received warning from #DeerPark. Could not leave her house. Police road block. At 2 p.m. went to mobile health clinic (100s of pple in line)

FILING A CLAIM WITH #ITC WILL WAIVE YOUR RIGHTS TO A LAWSUIT
#ITCDisasterTownHall #ITCfire #DeerParkFire
#ITCDisasterTownHall, Saturday, March 23, 2019, Rice University

▪Sema Hernández @_SemaHernandez_
▪Dr. Dominic Boyer, CENHS @RiceUniversity
▪ Dr. Dan Cohan @cohan_ds, CEE @RiceUniversity
▪Bryan Parras @SierraClub
▪Emily Ablaza @AirAllianceHOU

#ITCfire #DeerParkFire #ITC
I was interviewed, along with another concerned mother, by @FOX26Houston regarding the #ITCfire at the #ITCDisasterTownHall today at Rice University. We shared our concerns about the toxic air from #DeerParkFire.

#HouNews #DeerPark #TCEQ #ITC #Benzene
fox26houston.com/news/396597717…
#TCEQ test results on Sat confirmed fear—contaminants, including carcinogenic #benzene, found in hazardous concentrations in #ITC drainage ditch that flows into #Houston ship channel
#ITCfire #ITCDisaster #DeerParkFire #ITCDisasterTownHall #TXlege #HouNews houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-t…
#ITC waited 18 hours to brief public on Friday’s #DeerParkFire, creating info vacuum that #HarrisCounty officials struggled to fill

#ITCfire CANCELED news conference planned for Friday

#ITCDisaster press conf at 10 am Sunday

#ITCDisasterTownHall #TXlege
houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-t…
Research suggests that overall public trust in #petrochemical industry & govt agencies that regulate them already is low, said Rachel Meidl, @RiceUniversity @BakerInstitute @CES_Baker_Inst

#ITCfire #DeerParkFire #ITCDisaster #TCEQ #EPA #DeerPark #TXlege
houstonchronicle.com/business/energ…
Chemical accident, spill or unauthorized release every 6 wks in #Houston

Carcinogenic #benzene @ #DeerParkFire

10 Texas chemical plants, storage terminals & energy facilities poured 47,200 lbs benzene beyond permits allowed

#ITCfire #TCEQ #EPA #TXlege
houstonchronicle.com/business/energ…
Unauthorized emissions from industrial facilities, gas & chemical ⬆️ by 27% to 63 MILLION pounds of illegal #AirPollution, per @EnvironmentTex

Despite increased emissions, @TCEQ only fined companies 2 CENTS per lb
#ITCfire #DeerParkFire #TCEQ #EPA #TXlege
houstonchronicle.com/business/energ…
In addition to jail, change #TXlege laws requiring top petrochemical executives to live next to chemical plants. When their children must attend schools in cancer clusters and breathe toxic fumes, THAT is when laws will change for #ITCfire #DeerParkFire.

“Until some of these people who go out & put massive amounts of human beings at risk…start finding themselves placed in jail, you’re not going to see what you need to see,” #HarrisCounty Radack. Something drastic needs to be done & #TXlege needs to do it. houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-t…
Blacks and Latinos disproportionately breathe air that's been polluted by non-Hispanic whites, per @PNASNews. New research quantifies for first time the racial gap between who causes #AirPollution – and who breathes it.
#ITCFire #DeerParkFire #ITCDisaster
usatoday.com/story/news/nat…
#ITCfire still 'a hot zone'

#ITC President & CEO Bernt Netland, failed to publicly address #ITCDisaster in the 10 days since it erupted, issued his first video statement

Texas-based company is part of Japanese group #Mitsui & Co. 

#DeerParkFire #TXlege houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-t…
.@BP_America chief: We all have to come together — companies big & small, industry and activists — to solve the #methane problem

Methane is primary component of #NaturalGas. It has higher #GlobalWarming potential.

#TXlege #TCEQ #EPA #ITCDisaster #ITCfire houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editor…
#ITC's president serves prominently with terminal industry’s leading trade association, International Liquid Terminals Association

#ILTA Vice Chairman

Bernt A. Netland
Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC

#ITCDisaster #ITCfire #DeerParkFire #TXlege
ilta.org/ILTA/About/ILT…
Industry knew about safety problems before #DeerParkfire.

Long list of regulatory exemptions benefit short-term profits at expense of public safety

@EPA risk mgmt rules fail to cover many chemicals involved in #ITCfire

#EPA #TCEQ #TXlege #ITCDisaster houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editor…
Despite their flammability, gasoline and its components, as well as #benzene, toluene and xylene, are excluded from #EPA coverage in deference to a 1990s petition from the American Petroleum Institute

#ITC #ITCfire #DeerParkFire #TCEQ #TXlege #ITCDisaster
houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editor…
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