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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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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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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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