Interactive Map: Find Out if Your Child’s School Is Near a Chemical Plant

By Anastasia Pantsios, EcoWatch – In the early evening of April 17, 2013, a fertilizer storage and distribution facility on the small town of West, Texas, blew up, killing 15 people, injuring 160 more and leveling much of the town. The plant was last inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1985. The company had apparently failed to report the amount of dangerous ammonium nitrate the facility stored. Among the buildings destroyed was the West Middle School, which fortunately was not occupied at the time. But ineffective safety regulations, coupled with public ignorance about chemical plants, are putting millions of U.S. schoolchildren at risk, according to a new interactive map put together by the Center for Effective Government (CEG). View larger map According to the Society for Environmental Journalists, “After the Bhopal chemical disaster that killed thousands in India in 1984, Congress passed a law in 1990 requiring...

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