should be made aware of the environmental hazards and risks present
in their communities. This concept is supported by laws and
regulations collectively termed "Right to Know."
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has about 25 different Right
to Know initiatives underway, one of which will allow community
groups to calculate the health risks that specific industrial plants
represent. Many parts of the model will use estimated values with
large uncertainties, so obviously this model will greatly
overestimate risks. The challenge to the industry, and to CITGO in
particular, is to ensure accurate information and then to provide a
complete explanation to the public.
Where CITGO Stands
People living near CITGO facilities have a right to
know what we are doing, and if we are doing it safely. We have built
a high level of trust simply by meeting regularly and notifying our
neighbors of increased construction activity and advising them on
emergency response precautions. All CITGO facilities have community
information programs, and we revisit them frequently to ensure that
our neighbors are getting the information they want and need.
Several new Internet sites are focusing more public attention on
the environmental records of industrial facilities. CITGO furnishes
environmental and safety information to government agencies, which
the EPA and others then post on their Web sites. Unfortunately, the
government databases are sometimes inaccurate and tell only part of
CITGO supports the concept of "transparency," an idea that
facility operating and environmental data should be transparent to
the public. Through this Right to Know initiative, more information
is provided to the public with better integration and explanations
of what it means. CITGO is committed to meeting this challenge and
maintaining our neighbors'