The Great Texas Freeze (February 14-20, 2021) triggered a noisome toxic fart from the crippled state’s fossil gut.
The five largest refiners emitted nearly 337,000lb of pollutants, including benzene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide, according to preliminary data supplied to the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ)… Total pollution at Houston-area facilities during the cold snap totaled approximately 703,000 pounds…
(Reuters in Houston, “Texas freeze led to release of tons of air pollutants as refineries shut,” theguardian.com, 2-21-21)
Researchers say there is no safe amount of benzene for human exposure.
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