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Containing Toxicity with Policy . Natural Disaster. Chemical Plant Locations. Are there site regulations for chemical manufacturing and distribution plants? Interested in the what to do about Katrina’s toxic soup? Could it have been prevented?

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Chemical Plant Locations

  • Are there site regulations for chemical manufacturing and distribution plants?

  • Interested in the what to do about Katrina’s toxic soup? Could it have been prevented?

  • Is your home in a hazard zone? Do you know what to do?

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Still Unclear

  • Do chemical facilities need to be in a location less prone to natural disaster?

  • There are so many of them

    • Laws and standards focus on employees health & safety, pre-treatment, release into environment, accident clean-up, registration of chemicals, application, licensing of users, etc.

    • EPA inspects sites for misuse and neglect

    • It seems to be up to the local zoning board and state agencies but not the Federal Government until cleanup (see Superfund Sites)

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Nuclear Waste and Energy Plants

  • Highly regulated

  • Many federal agencies involved

  • Agreement necessary between agencies

  • Not everything is known about the effects to our environment and the environmental effects to the site

  • Government tries to prepare for the worst when it suits them

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Site Location Regulations?

  • Elements considered for waste. . .

    • Time travel to groundwater

    • Weather

    • Fault and earthquake hazard

    • Site intrusion for theft of natural elements

    • Site intrusion for chemicals or nuclear product

    • Transportation

    • Site ownership?

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People Involved

  • Chemical:

    • Environmental Protection Agency

    • U.S Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration

    • American Chemistry Council (formerly CMA)

    • Governor, State Agencies, Tribal Council, Unions, Citizens

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People Involved

  • Nuclear:

    • Department of Energy

    • Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    • Environmental Protection Agency

    • National Academy of Sciences

    • Oversite Office

    • Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board

    • NRC, State, and Project Scientists

    • Governor, City Officials, Tribal Council, Citizens

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  • Nuclear:

    • Fossil fuel replacement

      • CO2 in the atmosphere reduced

      • Global climate changes slowed

        • If not Milankovich cycles

  • Chemical:

    • Better living; Food and products

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Science-Policy ConnectionsPrior to Facility Set Up

  • Can humans handle the unpredictable nature of our climate and other unexpected events concerning hazards with preventative policy?

  • Can communities determine what products and energy source is right for them? Veto industry establishment.

  • Capitalism vs. Environment