The US Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)’s 2014 National Air Toxics Assessment, released in 2018, focuses on Ethylene Oxide. Louisiana has 13 facilities that release air emissions of Ethylene Oxide. Three of the five facilities in the United States, releasing the largest quantities of Ethylene Oxide into the air, are located in Louisiana. The number two ranking air emissions facility of Ethylene Oxide in the US (Union Carbide in Hahnville) is located in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, just down river from DuPont /Denka. The Ethylene Oxide air emissions from the Union Carbide facility along with the Ethylene Oxide air emissions from the Evonik Materials facility in Reserve, St. John the Baptist Parish, are responsible for St. John the Baptist and St. Charles parishes having the highest risk of cancer from Ethylene Oxide in all of Louisiana and all of the United States. St. John the Baptist Parish also has the highest risk of cancer in the United States from air emissions of Chloroprene.
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