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article imageToxic spill at Texas BP plant caused respiratory problems

By Amanda Tennis     Aug 29, 2010 in Health
Texas City - The toxic spill at a Texas BP plant may have caused people to develop respiratory problems. A class action suit is being filed by the residents in the town.
A toxic spill at a Texas BP plant in Texas City, Texas goes unnoticed until parents start finding their children coming down with respiratory problems. 538,000 pounds of toxic chemicals were pouring out of the factory.
State environment officials said that the engineers at the plant attempted to burn the gases into the smokestacks; however, thousands of pounds still escaped into the air.
The people living in the area were not notified of the incident until 2 weeks after it started. A $10 billion class action suit has been filed by the residents of Texas City against BP. State attorney Greg Abbott is also suing the company for fines of about $600,000.
According to The New York Times, BP maintains three air monitors along the fence around the plant and two in the surrounding community, and they did not show a rise in pollution during April and May, the company said. “BP does not believe there is any basis to pay claims in connection with this event,” said Michael Marr, a spokesman for the company.
Neil Carman of the Lone Star Sierra Club said that there was too few air monitors around the plant to accurately measure the amount of pollutants in the area.
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