How Close Is Your Child's School to a Dangerous Chemical Facility?
It's hard enough worrying about your school-age child getting a good lunch; now you have to worry about how close his or her school is to a plant that handles dangerous chemicals.
Reportedly, just under 100 schools in the area are within a mile of one of these facilities. In the map above, the orange dots are chemical facilities that report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Risk Management Program. The blue flags are the schools our kids go to.
Nationwide, 4.6 million children are within a mile of one of these facilities, which works out to around one in ten kids at risk from a chemical spill or plant explosion, according to the analysis by the Center for Effective Government.
Texas, California and Illinois have the greatest number of children at risk, according to the CEG. More than a million people are at risk in the Lone Star State with its 33 dangerous locations, Houston Public Media reports.
Houston has the bulk of those locations, with 20 in total.
"This includes the South Houston Wastewater Treatment Plant," [Sara Smith, program director at the advocacy organization Texas Public Interest Research Group] said. "And that plant in particular uses sulfur-dioxide and chlorine gas to treat wastewater. And that puts over 140,000 people within a three-mile radius at harm."