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Flooding is Getting More Common – It’s Worse if You Live
Near These 2,500 Chemical Sites
Live Near One of These 2,500 Chemical Sites? Watch Out for Flooding!
Photo courtesy of nytimes.com
Do you live near any of these chemical plants?
These plants are a holdover from the past when a close proximity to water was needed for
transportation and cooling. Unfortunately, this close proximity to water also makes them very
susceptible to flooding near chemical sites.
The chemical sites on this map represent a wide range of manufacturers and cover everything
from plastics plants to fertilizer manufacturers. The thing they all have in common is the fact
that they have chemicals on site that are hazardous to humans and livestock.
“Waterfronts are changing as a result of sea level rise,” said Jeanne Herb, an environmental policy
expert at Rutgers University who has researched hazards posed by climate-related flooding to
industries in New Jersey. “More often than not, these are facilities are on the water for a reason,”
she said. “So how do we make sure that there are protections in place? That’s the big question.”
Federal law does not explicitly require sites in floodplains that handle toxic chemicals to take
extra precautions against flooding. Nor do most states or local governments have such
Source: Floods Are Getting Worse, and 2,500 Chemical Sites Lie in the Water’s Path
If you live near a plant it would benefit you to do a little research to find out what types of
chemicals you could be exposed to. It may not be as easy as googling the name of the plant,
but with some persistence, you should be able to figure out what types of chemicals are used
in the manufacturing process.
The Toxic Release Inventory maintains a library of toxic chemicals that could be helpful in your
research. The Emergency Response Guidebook can tell you more about specific chemicals
once you figure out what types of chemicals you’re dealing with.
Do you have any stories about a chemical plant in your area? Please share them in the
Are you prepared for a flood? Read our article to find out how you canget your family ready
before the flood a flood begins.
You can read more prepping news right here.