‘They’re killing us,’ Texas residents say of Trump rollbacks


Activist Hilton Kelley talks about the neighborhood where he grew up Monday, March 23, 2020, in Port Arthur, Texas. Kelley says he started speaking out for Port Arthur’s black community when he got fed up “always hearing about someone dying of cancer, always smelling smells, watching little babies using nebulizers.” (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON (AP) — Communities of color say they are living on the front line of the Trump administration’s public health and environment rollbacks.

That’s especially true on the Texas Gulf Coast, where the country’s petrochemical hub has grown up around African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods.

The Trump administration and the oil and gas industry say they remain vigilant on public health even as the federal government cuts back monitoring, reporting and control of hazardous emissions.

Residents around the petroleum facilities and chemical plants in Houston and Port Arthur point to higher rates of asthma, cancer and other ailments. They say lax enforcement is “killing us.”  

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