Channelview, Texas harbors a toxic secret—residents have been exposed to cancer-causing benzene for nearly two decades, a revelation concealed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The unincorporated community, east of Houston, breathes perilous levels of the chemical linked to leukemia, blood cancers, diabetes, and reproductive issues.
Shockingly, the TCEQ withheld crucial health information from the public while permitting K-Solv, a chemical distribution company in Jacintoport, to expand operations and release nearly 20 times more volatile organic compounds, including benzene, into the air annually. The community’s plight unveils a glaring regulatory failure, leaving lives at risk.
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