Pollution Caused by Chemical Companies from Hurricane Harvey

November 21, 2017

It’s well known that natural disasters, such as those that have struck across the United States and the world in recent weeks, can have a particularly devastating toll for people living in the affected areas. Natural disasters such as these, pose potentially devastating risks to the environment in and around the affected areas.

When large storms like hurricanes strike, high winds and flooding cause destruction to everything in its way without discrimination, which includes chemical companies and plants. During times such as these, chemical plants often experience leaks and destruction of containers that would normally keep pollutants contained within the facility. Of course, with the circumstances, these issues also become increasingly difficult to manage and repair.

Since these hurricanes have swept through several states chemical pollutants have been pouring out into the environment. According to the center for Biological Diversity, since Hurricane Harvey, over one million pounds of chemical pollutants have been released into the environment on the golf coast of Texas alone. These numbers put into perspective just how much pollution is spreading across Texas, Florida, and other affected areas.

Clean up after a hurricane can take a significant amount of time both for home and business owners alike. With the flooding caused by the hurricanes this pollution can be carried across large areas and infiltrate water and soil sources which can cause years worth of damage. These environmental effects are often overlooked as people focus on cleaning up their homes and businesses. However, it is important for residents to understand impacts of pollution caused by these natural disasters seeing as they may come back to haunt their homes and business long after the cleanup is complete.

When all is said and done, after a natural disaster strikes, it is important to test for potential pollutants and toxins brought forth by flooding and other weather-related issues. These issues can stem from moisture caused by flooding or rain, pollutants released when building materials are broken, or chemicals that are being released by industrial companies. Threats to the health quality of your home after events such as this often go much beyond those that can be detected by sight or smell. These issues can be lurking within your walls, carpeting, and even in the environment around your home. Testing for VOCs and mold can help homeowners, renters, and business owners feel more confident that the health quality is up to par after a natural disaster clean up.