Mexico’s Loose Regulations

An April 20 blast at a petrochemical plant in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico that left 32 dead highlights the country’s loose regulations on toxic chemicals.

The Pajaritos Petrochemical Complex produces 170,000 tons annually of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which generates dioxins and furans, environmental pollutants that are 2 of the “dirty dozen” list of dangerous chemicals called persistent organic pollutants.

The explosion is considered one of Mexico’s worst environmental disasters because of the possible release of dioxins.


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