Report: South Kearny plant 'highest risk' in U.S.

A South Kearny chemical plant puts more people at risk than any other chemical plant in the United States, according to a new report released by Greenpeace and the New Jersey Work Environment Council.

The Kuehne Chemical Company facility stores up to 2 million pounds of toxic chlorine gas in rail cars at the facility.

In the event of an accident or terrorist attack, 12 million people in a 14 mile radius could be injured or killed, according to the report. Cities such as Newark and Jersey City are considered to be in inside the "vulnerability zone."

Chlorine gas can burn the eyes, lungs and skin. In high concentrations, it can be deadly.

The report says the facility uses bulk shipments of chlorine gas to produce liquid bleach and repackage the gas into smaller containers.

According to the report, the facility has had eight chlorine release incidents within the past 10 years.

Greenpeace suggests on-site production of small quantities of the toxic gas on a "just-in-time" basis to company officials.

The group also calls the plant's location a target for terrorists, due to its proximity to major cities, rail lines, airports, oil refineries and highways.

To see the full report, click here.

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