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Millions of pounds of pollution released before Hurricane Laura

Texas refineries and chemical plants told state regulators they released millions of pounds of air pollution into the air in recent days as the plants rushed to close facilities ahead of Hurricane Laura’s landfall…

Together, Texas facilities announced plans to release 4 million pounds of air pollution in the Beaumont and Port Arthur areas before Laura hit, according to a tally of state notices by Environment Texas, an environmental nonprofit group in Texas. That’s the equivalent of putting about 140,000 additional passenger cars on the road for a single day. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates a passenger car emits an average of 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

Read more from Erin Douglas with Houston Chronicle here.