Harvey-hit residents say air bad

Houston records spike in petrochemical ozone pollution

Posted: September 9, 2017 at 4:18 a.m.
Updated: September 9, 2017 at 4:18 a.m.

The Petrobras oil refinery in Pasadena, Texas, is one of many plants that sit along a petrochemical and refinery corridor near Houston’s seaport.

People who live along the nation's highest concentration of petrochemical plants just east of downtown Houston say the air is bad enough on normal days, but it got unbearable as Hurricane Harvey crashed into the nation's fourth-largest city and the city recorded the highest ozone pollution so far this year of anywhere in Texas.

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