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A billion-pound problem: How unchecked “excess emissions” ballooned in Texas

Over the last two decades, state regulators have allowed companies to release more than a billion pounds of excess pollution.

by Naveena Sadasivam, Clayton Aldern, Jessie Blaeser and Chad Small, Grist
An overhead view of the ExxonMobil's Beaumont refinery on May 11, 2023.

Christopher Jones, president of Charlton-Pollard Historical Neighborhood Association, sits at a park bench in Beaumont on May 11, 2023.
The Valero refinery on May 12, 2023 in Houston.

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