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Petrochem Teach in – Black History Month Program on Air Quality



Feb 29, 2024


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm




Break Free From Plastic

Nearly one year ago, train cars filled with over 100,000 gallons of vinyl chloride traveling from an Occidental Chemical vinyl plastic plant dramatically derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, and were subsequently burned. This set off a massive environmental health disaster that continues to have devastating impacts today. On Jan 25th, learn how the production, use and disposal of vinyl chloride and other chemicals used to manufacture polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic have affected communities from Mossville, Louisiana to East Palestine, Ohio. We’ll explore solutions to this dangerous plastic and how we can work together to ban this poison plastic. This webinar comes at a time when the U.S. EPA is expected to consider whether or not to ban vinyl chloride under TSCA, and U.S. states are expected to introduce legislation to restrict PVC in 2024. We’ll share how folks can get involved in these campaigns.

On the webinar, you will hear about:

  • Highlight new research highlighting the biggest polluters of vinyl chloride in the U.S.;
  • Share background on how the PVC plastics industry has impacted environmental justice communities;
  • Hear the latest on the aftermath of the East Palestine vinyl chloride train disaster one year later; and
  • Learn how PVC use in building materials and packaging can expose consumers to phthalates and other toxic additives.
  • We’ll also explore solutions, sharing how folks can join a new national campaign targerting the nation’s largest retailers that sell products and packaging made with PVC.

If you have any questions contact: Michael Esealuka, Break Free From Plastic, at [email protected]

Upcoming meeting dates

  • Feb 29, 2024 02:00 PM
  • Mar 28, 2024 02:00 PM
  • Apr 25, 2024 02:00 PM
  • May 30, 2024 02:00 PM
  • Jun 27, 2024 02:00 PM
  • Jul 25, 2024 02:00 PM
  • Aug 29, 2024 02:00 PM
  • Sep 26, 2024 02:00 PM
  • Oct 31, 2024 02:00 PM
  • Nov 28, 2024 02:00 PM
  • Dec 26, 2024 02:00 PM
  • Jan 30, 2025 02:00 PM
  • Feb 27, 2025 02:00 PM
  • Mar 27, 2025 02:00 PM
  • Apr 24, 2025 02:00 PM


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