Despite the fact that the number of batch plants (small industrial facilities that produce ready-mixed concrete) in the Houston area is increasing, concentrated in the same Black and Latino neighborhoods, and worsening health outcomes. , a permit approved by state environmental officials, has drawn the ire of environmentalists. Risk from the cloud of cement dust they emit.
The Oxbow calcining chemical plant near Port Arthur is located in the west part of the city, in a predominantly black neighborhood, and injects disproportionate amounts of sulfur dioxide into adjacent neighborhoods. Black residents in the county are 40 percent more likely to die from cancer than the average Texan, according to a study by the University of Texas Medical Branch. Still, the 88-year-old facility remains state compliant through the decommissioning process. That means you don’t have to follow the latest updates. Federal Pollution Prevention Regulations and Technology.