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October 07, 2005

Katrina, Rita, and the environment. Bad news.

In Texas? A plastics plant exploded.

Investigators were looking into the cause of the blast, which occurred in a propylene line, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spokeswoman Andrea Morrow said.

No toxic materials appear to have been released into the air, officials said.

The plant produces PVC and vinyl for floor and wall coverings. The state Commission on Environmental Quality fined the facility $150,000 in April for air pollution violations including the release of toxic chemicals such as vinyl chloride.

An explosion in March at BP's Texas City refinery killed 15 and injured 170 people. No one was hurt in another blast at the refinery in July. The company was recently fined $21 million for the March explosion.

That's Texas.

You've heard of the Amazon, right? Rain forests and whatnot? Well, they're having a drought.

And, speaking of the environment, why don't we not build more refineries? The oil companies don't want them and we'd all prefer to be out from under their profiteering thumbs anyhow.

And maybe, just maybe, the damage we've done to the environment and the global ecosystem will prove to be reversible.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:28 AM