Proposed regulations offer hope for communities battling petrochemical pollution

The EPA has an opportunity to limit pollution and protect frontline communities. This story was originally published by Grist and is sponsored by Environmental Defense Fund. In Port Arthur, a small city located east of Houston along the Gulf of Mexico, a majority of residents live in close proximity to one of the 13 petrochemical facilities. […]

Heather McTeer Toney on recent chemical disasters in Texas and Louisiana

When petrochemical facilities erupt into flames, sending toxic black clouds of smoke over nearby homes, how can families know if it’s safe to go outside? The short answer, says Heather McTeer Toney, Executive Director of Beyond Petrochemicals, is that they can’t. Too often, there’s no way to know what’s in the air following chemical disasters, […]

“One mayor at a time” – talking local climate action with Stacie Fujii

Stacie Fujii knows firsthand that the path from a problem to a solution is not always a straight line. Historic federal funding – including from the Inflation Reduction Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and Justice 40 – has created a tremendous opportunity to take climate action and address emerging climate threats. It is […]

Community-led action in the fight against petrochemical pollution

The fight for a healthier, safer, more resilient future free from petrochemical pollution is happening now – and frontline communities are leading the way. Local heroes and environmental justice champions are working tirelessly to put an end to the harmful impacts of the petrochemical industry in their communities.    Petrochemical operations are disproportionately sited in Black, […]