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Tracking chemical pollution released from coastal industrial facilities

"The Texas and Louisiana coasts are home to a multitude of industrial and petrochemical facilities, many of which are vulnerable to flooding and future sea level increases. Heavy rainfall and flooding like that seen during Hurricane Harvey can cause chemicals to be released into the air and water; though many of these chemicals are harmful to human health and the ecosystem, the full extent of the risks they pose is unclear... Low-income, underserved communities along the Gulf Coast are at greatest risk from releases of chemical contaminants. These releases can also result in closure of fishing grounds, with devastating effects to commercial fishing fleets and related jobs." - Excerpt from Texas A&M University

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