Floods Are Getting Worse, and 2,500 Chemical Sites Lie in the Water’s Path

 

Anchored in flood-prone areas in every American state are more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals, a New York Times analysis of federal floodplain and industrial data shows. About 1,400 are located in areas at highest risk of flooding.

As flood danger grows — the consequence of a warming climate — the risk is that there will be more toxic spills like the one that struck Baytown, Tex., where Hurricane Harvey swamped a chemicals plant, releasing lye. Or like the ones at a Florida fertilizer plant that leaked phosphoric acid and an Ohio refinery that released benzene.

 

More Than 2,500 Sites That Handle Toxic Chemicals
Are Located in Flood-Prone Areas Across the Country.

 

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