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State report shows how Texas environmental agency misses industrial pollution spikes during and after storms

A more than 200-page report by Texas’ environmental agency found that the majority of pollution emitted by industrial facilities during storms occurs at a time when the state’s air monitors are offline.

The flooded plant of French chemical maker Arkema SA, which produces organic peroxides, is seen after fires were reported at the facility after Hurricane Harvey passed in Crosby on August 31, 2017.
A graph from the TCEQ's report on air monitoring data shows how samples of air monitoring fell at the same time as pollution industrial plants rose during the February 2021 winter storm.

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