Environmental Policing


Is your family at risk from chemical poisoning?

It’s a tough question to answer, especially if you ask the Department of Homeland Security.

A study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined that hundreds of chemical plants are falsely reporting the “Distance of Concern,” which defines how large an area may be subject to toxic effects of a given plant.

The reason no one knows if the chemical plants are poisoning nearby communities is that the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) of DHS allows companies to self-report.

The ISCD has no means of forcing the chemical plants that falsely report to comply with regulations.

This is of little concern to most Americans because the plants are frequently located in bad neighborhoods and Indian reservations.

The Crow Reservation in Montana was recently evacuated entirely as the result of a chemical spill involving 210 pounds of Butyltrichlorosilane and 100 pounds of Isocyanate.

The National Institutes of Health says of Butyltrichlorosilane: “Inhalation of vapor irritates upper respiratory system. Contact of liquid with eyes or skin causes severe burns. Ingestion causes burns of mouth and stomach.”

The name of the company responsible for the spill could not be determined, despite sifting through multiple news reports trying to get the information.

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