Sunday, December 20, 2009
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe
Breathing in Denton County is risky business — not as risky as in some parts of Dallas and Tarrant counties, federal researchers found — but riskier than the national average and far riskier than the target levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Chances of cancer or respiratory disease in Denton County 25% higher than national average .
- Chances of cancer or respiratory disease in Denton County 41 times the EPA target.
- Chance of cancer 100 people per million in some areas.
Although toxic releases have decreased in Denton County, Oil & Gas enjoys broad exemptions and exclusions from all our federal environmental statutes including the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986. This act requires industry to report releases of significant levels of toxic substances to EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) history of accurately reporting toxic releases was questioned in Sal Mier’s written testimony before U.S. House of Representatives. This testimony shows strong evidence gathered by university research that TCEQ and Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) conspired to skew the TRI numbers and resulting health affects from Midlothian, Texas cement kilns.
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