WASHINGTON - August 14 -
Lisa Finaldi, Greenpeace Toxics Campaign Coordinator:
What's most frightening
about the chlorine accident today at the DPC Enterprises facility in Festus, Missouri
is that it's not out of the ordinary for the chemical industry. A government study
has shown that approximately 60,000 commercial chemical accidents occur every
year, killing more than 250 people annually. That's why we need to move toward
the use of inherently safer materials and eliminate extremely toxic substance
such as chlorine. Now more than ever, with the threat of terrorism in our own
backyard, eliminating toxic substances is a matter of urgency."
Maybe this accident will
be a wakeup call for Missouri Senator Kit Bond when he returns to Washington.
He has been more interested in curbing the public's right to know on risks posed
to people living near chemical plants, rather than supporting positive action
towards the use of safer materials.