"New analysis shows 740 chemical sites in Louisiana are at risk from storms. Are they ready?"
A new analysis by The Times-Picayune and The Advocate reveals that more than 740 chemical sites in Louisiana, USA, are at risk from extreme weather events. These sites, which house toxic chemicals, pose a significant danger to the population living nearby. The analysis shows that nearly 1.2 million Louisianans, a quarter of the state's population, live within a mile of these facilities. The risks are particularly concentrated in the Gulf Coast and between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, an area known as "Cancer Alley." Alarmingly, neither state nor federal regulations require these facilities to take specific precautions to prevent chemical releases during storms or floods. The analysis also highlights the unequal distribution of risks, with Black and low-income communities more likely to be exposed to these dangers. Despite industry claims of adaptation and upgrading infrastructure, experts warn that the risks of double disasters, where extreme weather events coincide with chemical accidents, are increasing as the planet warms.