In some cases, these “chemical releases” aren’t illegal. In others, state regulators give polluters the benefit of the doubt.
Savanna Strott is a contributing writer for Public Health Watch, a nonprofit investigative news organization based in Austin.
Articles by Savanna Strott
A clean energy company that once operated at Port Arthur's Oxbow plant claims it manipulated SO2 emissions to avoid spending on pollution controls.
Thanks to a loophole in the Clean Air Act, William Koch’s Oxbow plant in Port Arthur, Texas, puts out 10 times as much lung-damaging sulfur dioxide as its industrial neighbors. People who live nearby have asked the state for help, to no avail.