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BP Texas Refinery Had Huge Toxic Release Just Before Gulf Blowout

Two weeks before the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the huge, trouble-plagued BP refinery in Texas City, Texas spewed tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals into the skies. photo by Lance Rosenfield The release from the BP facility here began on April 6 and lasted 40 days. A 2005 explosion at the same refinery killed 15 workers; four more workers have died in accidents since then. Last year, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company $87 million for failing to address safety problems that caused the 2005 blast.