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TEJAS STATEMENT – AUGUST 2, 2019 BAYTOWN EXXONMOBIL OLEFINS PLANT – POLYPROPYLENE FIRE & EXPLOSION

by Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services | August 5, 2019

July 31, 2019, at 11:00am ExxonMobil Olefins Plant, a petrochemical facility located in Baytown, Texas next to ExxonMobil refinery experienced an explosion at 11:00 am. A polypropylene unit erupted in flames from causes yet to be known. Polypropylene is a plastic feedstock derived from the processing of natural gas. Natural gas goes through “gas separation” […]

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Member Stories, News

The Earth’s climate is paying for our addiction to plastic

by Carroll Muffett | June 26, 2019

‘In 2019, plastic production and incineration will add over 850m metric tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere – equivalent to the emissions from 189 coal-fired power plants.’ Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters   Every stage of the plastic lifecycle releases harmful carbon emissions into the atmosphere, contributing to global heating. Plastics are among the most ubiquitous materials […]

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Member Stories, News, UNEA

We need a legally binding treaty to make plastic pollution history

by Trisia Farrelly | March 21, 2019

A powerful marriage between the fossil fuel and plastic industries threatens to exacerbate the global plastic pollution crisis. The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) estimates the next five years will see a 33-36% surge in global plastics production. This will undermine all current efforts to manage plastic waste. It is time to stop trying (and failing) […]

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Member Stories, News

US accused of blocking ambitious global action against plastic pollution

by Sandra Laville | March 21, 2019

Commitments agreed at UN conference in Kenya do not go far enough, say green groups Environmental groups involved in talks at a United Nations conference in Kenya have accused the US of blocking an ambitious global response to plastic pollution. Representatives of countries at the UN environment conference in Nairobi this week agreed to significantly reduce single-use plastics over […]

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Plastic Policies, Press Release, UNEA

Tyranny of the Minority Slows International Progress on Addressing Plastic Pollution

by admin | March 15, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2019 UNEA-4 Agreement Does Not Deliver at Scale and Urgency Needed Nairobi, Kenya – At the 4th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), member states of the UN Environment Programme failed to meet expectations to confront the ever-growing plastic-pollution crisis threatening our waterways, ecosystems, and health. At UNEA-4, member […]

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