#FuegoFriday: Harvey Cleanup, East Chicago Pipe Replacement + Queen Bey / by Yessenia Funes


This week in La Calentura...

Dangerous benzene levels in Houston

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The Environmental Protection Agency is keeping a tight lid on the chemicals released during Hurricane Harvey. Houston residents are no strangers to weird smells, as The Texas Tribune has reported, but this time, it's different. And residents knew—even if the EPA wants to deny it. Environmental advocacy groups hired a private research firm and found that, in some areas, benzene levels pass California guidelines, which are 23 times more strict than Texas'. They do, however, meet Texas' lax laws.

Lead pipe replacement begins in East Chicago

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Joshua Lott / Getty Images

East Chicago has come to be known as a second Flint of sorts. The city's been dealing with serious lead contamination for years, but cleanup efforts didn't begin until 2014. Now, the city is finally replacing the lead pipes, which are one part of the problem. There's still lead-contaminated soil. The goal is to service 400 homes by May, reports The Chicago Tribune. The city handed out water filters in April to ensure the integrity of residents' drinking water.

The Queen talks climate change

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C T / Flickr

A celebrity-filled benefit took place Tuesday (Sept. 12). Beyoncé couldn't be there, but she popped in via video. You can see the clip here, but, basically, she kept it real. "The effects of climate change are playing out around the world every day," she said. She went on: "We have to prepared for what comes next, so tonight we come together in a collective effort to raise our voices, help our communities, to lift our spirits and heal." ALL HAIL THE QUEEN!