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2.8 million Arizonans live within zones vulnerable to toxic leaks

Nearly half state's population faces potential risk from hazardous chemicals

More than 2.8 million Arizona residents — or 44 percent of the state’s population — live within areas that are most vulnerable to a catastrophic accidental release of gaseous, and sometimes explosive hazardous chemicals. The toxic agents, which the EPA deems extremely hazardous, are stored in more than 100 facilities and, when released, can cause temporary blindness, searing pain, suffocation, and even death.
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