SA: Cape oil refinery faces closure over foul air : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

The government has threatened to shut
down the Caltex refinery in Cape Town
after air sampling revealed the air
in the city's Table View area is among the
most heavily polluted in the world.

Among the lethal chemicals that a United
States laboratory has found in the air is a
petrol additive called MTBE - a potent
carcinogen or cancer-causing agent banned in
the US. The Caltex refinery, the only
possible source of the chemical, is owned by
Chevron - an American oil company that
ironically operates some of the world's
cleanest refineries in its home country.

. . .

The main chemicals in the air at the
three sites tested by the US lab are:

Daily Mail & Guardian

-- spider (, September 10, 2000

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