It took a little more than three years for the gas industry to get the word out that a deadly outbreak had begun in the United States, with an estimated 4,000 cases and over $100 billion in costs.
Now, that outbreak is affecting tens of thousands of people in the country’s poorest communities and killing tens of others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the rate of gas station deaths in New York City, which includes New York’s poorest neighborhoods, has more than doubled in the last two weeks.
The surge of gas stations in these areas was caused by a number of factors, including a rise in the use of catalytic converters and the introduction of catalysts that release toxic fumes.
The EPA is investigating how the gas used in gas stations is stored and how it is used.
The gas industry is blaming the spike on the proliferation of catalytics and the fact that these catalysts are less environmentally friendly than the old-fashioned methods of releasing the gas by blowing.
“It’s like we’re in a car crash and we don’t know if we’re going to make it or not,” said Paul A. Sperling, senior vice president for regulatory affairs at the American Petroleum Institute.
“The best thing we can do now is avoid driving,” said Sperring, who is also a former EPA official who led the agency’s efforts to protect air quality in the Northeast.
A number of states have taken steps to address the gas spike.
Gavin Newsom recently signed a bill that allows the state to mandate catalytic converter usage.
New York, meanwhile, enacted a ban on the use and sale of catalytics in its state gas stations.
The number of gas stores opening across the country has also skyrocketed.
On Wednesday, Walgreens Inc., which has a major presence in the New York metropolitan area, announced that it would be opening a new $10 million gas station in a section of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island.
But the gas boom is not limited to the U; some of the most dangerous places to be exposed to gas in the world are in China and India, where there is no regulation or oversight for the use or storage of catalyzed gas.
Gas can be stored at a temperature of just below freezing for several hours at a time.
When the gas is ignited, the catalyst ignites and the flame begins to burn at temperatures that can reach 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
“It burns so hot that the skin will burn, but it will not go anywhere because it will burn for a very long time,” said Peter M. Boulanger, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Toronto.
“It’s a bit like a firecracker, but you are completely insulated.”
Gas has long been a major threat to human health in China, where the government has declared a state of emergency for the entire country in the wake of the 2009 gas attack in Beijing.
In China, there are more than 700,000 gas stations, with the majority operating in the far north of the country.
Some Chinese cities have passed a series of measures that have forced the country to clean up toxic gas spills, including requiring the installation of a gas detection system and mandatory ventilation for people in hazardous work areas.
But, despite the government’s efforts, there has been no effective regulation of the gas that is stored in these stations.
China has also recently introduced measures to address public health concerns.
The Chinese government announced this week that it will introduce a public health monitoring program in its national capital that will provide public health officials with information on the levels of carbon monoxide in the air, and whether gas is leaking into the city.
But even in China’s largest city, Beijing, it takes a long time for people to get to these stations and the gas can still be stored for months or years.
In India, the nation’s largest producer of gas, the government is considering creating a national monitoring system to track and report gas leaks, as well as how the country is regulating the use, storage and transportation of gas.
In India, there is little enforcement and a lack of oversight, with some local governments choosing to do nothing about leaks and allowing them to continue.
In addition to these problems, the country also lacks a national gas price, which is set by a state government, and has not been raised in over 20 years.
India is also struggling to curb the epidemic of gas-related deaths.
The Indian government says that a total of 3,638 people died in gas-associated accidents in the nation last year, with nearly 4,600 of them involving fires.
And while the government believes that the number of deaths in these incidents is a fraction of the total, it does not yet have a plan to address those deaths, and officials have not said how many people will die as a result.
Despite these challenges, many in India are hoping