It is critical for Texas to shore up chemical-plant safety standards because the state hosts a high number of refineries and other facilities that produce and handle various chemicals, write Air Alliance Houston Executive Director Matthew Tejada and public interest consultant Paul Orum. "Texas should establish its own hazardous chemical release prevention program, following a recommendation of the federal Chemical Safety Board. ... By developing alternatives to unnecessary chemical targets, companies can save money, upgrade facilities, foster innovation and achieve real security," they write.

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