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Laredo approves air pollution monitoring following ProPublica and Texas Tribune investigation

Two air monitoring initiatives are moving forward in Laredo after an analysis by the news outlets showed that a plant emitting ethylene oxide elevated the estimated lifetime cancer risk for nearly 130,000 people, including over 37,000 children.

A woman directs traffic as students are dropped off at  Muller Elementary, which could be at extreme risk due to ethylene oxide emissions from the Midwest plant in Laredo, Texas. Juan Jose “JJ” Nevares attended the school a year before he was diagnosed with cancer.

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