By Erin Douglas
“Moments of exposure (to harmful chemicals) cannot be undone,” said Adrian Shelley, director of the Texas office of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. “If you end up with a locally toxic situation that isn’t discovered, you’re putting the neighborhood at risk.”
“But a lack of monitoring could mean a harmful chemical leak is not discovered as quickly, exposing workers and neighboring communities to excess emissions, said Shelley, of the Texas office of Public Citizen.
‘We don’t quite know how companies are operating,’ Shelley said. ‘There’s less oversight right now, and those are situations that can lead to accidents.’
If there is an accident, he added, there will be less information available to understand what happened and how to prevent it from happening again. ‘You never get that data back,’ Shelley said.”
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