|Texas chemical plant where 15 people died in 2013 explosion|
"It's just one example of the secrecy that keeps the identities of problem plants hidden—a luxury not afforded to gross violators of air, water and other traditional environmental laws," Pearson writes. "For these programs, the public can search using free online tools to identify industrial facilities that emit hazardous chemicals into the air or water at levels exceeding permitted amounts. The secrecy surrounding chemical plants makes it hard for the public to know what DHS is doing to protect them. DHS didn't respond to multiple requests for comment on this story."
"EPA said it could release only information that did not identify the facilities," Pearson writes. "In the two pages of correspondence the agency disclosed, an unidentified chemical facility tried to make the case that EPA was mistaken in its assessment of the quantity of chemicals it used and thus it did not have to participate in the risk management program." (Read more)