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Group wants Texas air pollution reduced

By Bob Downing Published: July 19, 2012

Natural-gas compressors, pipelines and plants released more than 70,000 tons of pollutants in Texas over the last three years due to accidents or other "abnormal" events, a watch-dog group says.

These “emission events,” which also occurred at refineries and chemical plants, accounted for about 15 percent of the sulfur dioxide and volatile organic compounds released by those facilities in Texas, the Environmental Integrity Project said in a report. The group compiled the data from reports the companies filed with state regulators.

“Too many of these ‘accidents’ are the norm at some natural gas and chemical plants,” Eric Schaeffer, the Washington-based group’s director, said in a statement. The “EPA needs to crack down on polluters who seem to think that these events -- no matter how many or how severe -- somehow excuse them.”

The group filed two legal notices with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, threatening to sue the government unless it toughens enforcement of those polluters.

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