Koch Industries is trying to distract from the facts Greenpeace has raised in our new report "Toxic Koch: Keeping Americans at Risk of a Poison Gas Disaster" by focusing on the timing of the release of our report with a Center for Public Integrity investigation. You can read the details at Politico, including this interesting statement from a Koch lawyer: "The fact that these reports were released at the same time and were much the same in substance suggests a greater level of coordination between the two groups than CPI now admits."
Has it occurred to Koch Industries that the substance of the reports is similar because it is based on researched facts? We analyzed Koch Industries' own reports to the Environmental Protection Agency, which show that its facilities put more than 4 million people at risk. We also looked at Koch Industries' own lobbying reports to the government, as well as campaign contributions to key lawmakers they reported to the Federal Election Commission, which show that Koch is leading industry efforts to kill comprehensive chemical security legislation. Our Toxic Koch report is based on official documents from Koch itself, as required by law, and exposes Koch's role in keeping Americans at risk of a poison gas disaster.
Maybe Koch prefers to operate without public scrutiny, but that's not what communities at risk or policymakers need when deciding how best to protect Americans from vulnerable chemical facilities. Meanwhile, Koch has still failed to address the substance of our report, although they confirm that they do in fact oppose comprehensive legislation that would protect Americans from a chemical disaster.
Regardless of Koch's PR Machine distractions, key lawmakers like Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) are facing scrutiny over their willingness to put the interests of Koch Industries over the safety of their own constituents. Stay tuned for more.