Suffering in the Shadow of Koch’s Dangerous Chemical Plants

by John Deans

October 12, 2011

This week Brave New Films released a short documentary exposing the impact just one Koch Industries operated Georgia Pacific plant in Crossett, Arkansas is having on the local community. The film takes a look at a neighborhood around Penn Road downstream of the facility where an abnormally high number of people have died from cancer. The community believes the source is the waste flooding out of the Georgia Pacific facility down a stream that runs nearby. Please take the time to watch this film, it offers a glimpse into the real impacts of the Koch’s reckless corporation.

When theyre not selling chemical equipment to Iran, Kochs toxic facilities are strewn around the nation pumping pollution into the air and water, and many also store large amounts of poison gasses. The facility examined in Crosset, AK is George-Pacific LLC – Crossett Paper Operations which has 72,000 lbs of chlorine gas and 35,000 lbs of chlorine dioxide, poison gasses that can be lethal if inhaled. According to Koch’s own reports to the EPA, if just the chlorine dioxide was released from an accident or a terrorist attack it could endanger 36,129 people in the surrounding town. And many other communities remain at risk – nationwide, Koch’s facilities threaten more than 4 million people with a catastrophic release of poison gasses, as we showed in our report, Toxic Koch: Keeping Americans at Risk of a Poison Gas Disaster. Meanwhile, just as Koch lobbyists aim to roll back clean air and water protections, they also play a major role in blocking chemical disaster prevention legislation that would make their facilities safer.

Citizens activists from Crossett are going to hand deliver messages to Koch Industries, you can submit a message at their action site here:

Please share this with everyone you know so that Koch is held accountable for its risky business.

John Deans

By John Deans

As a former Arctic Campaigner, John worked with lawmakers, coalition partners, activists, and the media in Greenpeace's efforts to protect the Arctic from the dangers of industrial activity.

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