E.P.A. limits pollution from chemical plants

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More than 200 chemical plants across the country will be required to curb the toxic pollutants they release into the air under a regulation announced by the Biden administration on Tuesday.
The regulation is aimed at reducing the risk of cancer for people living near industrial sites.
This is the first time in nearly two decades that the government has tightened limits on pollution from chemical plants.
The new rule, from the Environmental Protection Agency, specifically targets ethylene oxide, which is used to sterilize medical devices, and chloroprene, which is used to make rubber in footwear.
They are considered a top health concern in an area of Louisiana so dense with petrochemical and refinery plants that it is known as Cancer Alley.
Communities in proximity to the plants are often disproportionately Black or Latino and have elevated rates of cancer, respiratory problems and premature deaths.
Michael S. Regan, the administrator of the E.P.A., traveled last year to St. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana, the heart of Cancer Alley, to announce his agency’s intention to limit pollution from the plants.
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The Biden administration on Tuesday announced a rule requiring more than 200 chemical plants nationwide to reduce the amount of harmful pollutants they emit into the atmosphere.

Living close to industrial sites can lower one’s risk of developing cancer by following this regulation. The government has not tightened restrictions on pollution from chemical plants for almost 20 years.

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a new rule that specifically targets two products: chloroprene, which is used to make rubber for footwear, and ethylene oxide, which is used to sterilize medical equipment.

The Es. H. P. An. has determined that both substances are probably carcinogenic. In an area of Louisiana known as “Cancer Alley” due to its high concentration of refineries and petrochemical plants, they are regarded as a major health concern.

West Virginia, the Ohio River Valley, Texas, and other Gulf Coast states house the majority of the facilities impacted by the rule. Communities in proximity to the plants are often disproportionately Black or Latino and have elevated rates of cancer, respiratory problems and premature deaths.

The E’s administrator, Michael S. Regan. H. P. A. visited St. last year. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana, the center of Cancer Alley, to declare his organization’s plan to contain plant pollution.

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