98 Million Pounds of Air Toxics Used by L.A. Oil Companies
Oil companies have used more than 98 million pounds of chemicals known to cause serious health problems in Los Angeles County since 2013, according to a report, Danger Next Door, co-authored by Center Staff Scientist John Fleming. These "air toxics" were often used dangerously close to where we live — and places caring for our sick and children.
The report revealed Wednesday that more than 80 percent of air-toxic uses involved just 12 chemicals, including known carcinogens. The report further found that over 30 percent of the 1,140 well-stimulation operations using air toxics in the county occurred within 1,500 feet of at least one hospital, preschool or residence.
"The oil industry's massive use of air-toxic chemicals threatens the lungs and lives of thousands of people in Los Angeles," said Fleming. "It would be irresponsible for state and local regulators to allow drilling to continue in our densely populated neighborhoods."
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