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Greater Than Certain Threshold Quantities: Be Very Afraid

by Abby Zimet

Not that we need it in a week that saw the anniversary of the deadly West Texas fertilizer plant explosion, a report on how oil disasters turn entire communities into endangered species, and no less than three damning studies on the multitudinous risks to public health posed by fracking, but here's more graphic proof of the dangers facing what remains our only planet. Based on data from the EPA and Greenpeace, a series of interactive maps showing thousands of facilities possessing "greater than certain threshold quantities of 140 chemicals" - a chilling phrase and number in and of itself - where a "catastrophic chemical release" could harm up to a million people. From Mother Jones. Who said, lest we forget, "Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living."