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Marcus Stern|Public Health Watch

Marcus Stern is a Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy Award-winning journalist with three decades of Washington reporting experience and another decade as an independent journalist based in Georgia and Florida. He has reported from conflict and disaster zones around the globe and written about politics, social justice, immigration. climate change and the environment.

  • Billionaire William Koch’s industrial plant in Port Arthur, Texas, is small compared to the three sprawling oil refineries that surround it – just 112 acres compared with the 10,000 acres occupied by Motiva, Valero and Total. But Koch’s Oxbow facility towers over its neighbors in one respect. It produces 10 times as much lung-damaging sulfur dioxide, SO2, as the three refineries combined. And it does so legally because of a quirk in the 1970 Clean Air Act.