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Article: Former EPA regional chief to lead Beyond Petrochemicals Initiative (Inside EPA) 

April 28, 2023

Heather McTeer Toney, who led EPA Region 4 during the Obama administration, is leaving her current position to lead the Beyond Petrochemicals Initiative, a Bloomberg Philanthropies campaign that “will aim to halt the rapid expansion of petrochemical and plastic pollution in the United States.

Article: Environmental Heroism Has No Age Limit (Next Avenue) 

April 20, 2023

Older activists are taking the lead on the front lines of environmental justice.

Op-Ed: Biden’s climate blind spot (The Hill)

April 17, 2023

Jeremy Symons writes, “Flush with record-shattering profits, oil companies are pursuing three strategies to boost production and open new markets to soak up fresh supplies.”

Op-Ed: Why is the chemical industry pitting public health against economic growth? (Environmental Health News) 

April 11, 2023

Linda S. Birnbaum and Terry Collins write, “The EPA’s oversight is important. So is preventing the U.S. petrochemical industry from expanding with a new generation of toxic projects that will extend the health-harming and economy-stifling status quo for decades.”

Article: Residents sue Louisiana parish to halt polluting plants (Associated Press)

March 21, 2023

Residents of a Louisiana parish located in the heart of a cluster of polluting petrochemical factories filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday raising allegations of civil rights, environmental justice and religious liberty violations.

Press Release: Beyond Petrochemicals Releases New Data Showing Petrochemical Disasters Like East Palestine, Ohio Can Happen Anywhere

March 10, 2023

Data released by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Beyond Petrochemicals Campaign underscores how planned expansion of the petrochemical industry will heighten risks across the U.S.

Article: Gulf South activists say Ohio train derailment reflects their fight against petrochemicals (WWNO 89.9 Public Radio)

March 2, 2023

Residents are still dealing with contaminated soil and having to monitor their air a month after Norfolk Southern’s train spilled hazardous chemicals in the village. But for activists in the Gulf South, the issue is a stark reminder of their own fight against the petrochemical industry across the region.

Op-Ed: Beignets, coffee and petrochemicals (Environmental Health News)

February 28, 2023

While many of the petrochemical facilities say their jobs create an economic win for the city, community activists who attended the briefing disagreed, saying the facilities have a history of outsourcing labor except for lower wage jobs. Concerned citizens believe they are bearing the environmental consequences of petrochemical and petroleum plants.

Article: “Cancer Alley”: Louisiana petchems target Black communities (Gas Outlook)

February 7, 2023

The global plastics and petrochemical industry wants to build toxic facilities in Black communities. But residents of “Cancer Alley,” Louisiana, are fighting back.

Op-Ed: A wrong turn for Southwest Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

December 11, 2022

Matt Mehalik writes, “Our economic future should not, and will not, be hitched to subsidizing new uses for dirty materials like petrochemicals. We can have healthy people, healthy workers, a healthy economy and a healthy environment. We deserve a bright future.”