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This “Climate-Friendly” Fuel Comes With an Astronomic Cancer Risk | ProPublica

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given Chevron the go-ahead to create fuel from discarded plastics as part of a climate-friendly initiative to boost alternatives to petroleum, despite acknowledging that the production of one of the fuels could emit air pollution so toxic that one in four people exposed to it over a lifetime could get cancer. 

The cancer risk is 250,000 times greater than the level usually considered acceptable by the EPA division that approves new chemicals. The cancer burden is likely to fall disproportionately on people who have low incomes and are Black because of the population that lives within three miles of the refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The risk is so high that former head of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Linda Birnbaum, called it “obscene”. ProPublica and The Guardian obtained agency records indicating that almost half of the products cleared so far under the new federal biofuels program are not in fact biofuels, and the plastic-based ones may present an “unreasonable risk” to human health or the environment.



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