Abbott concedes chemical data 'challenging' to get

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Associated Press

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 9:05 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorney General Greg Abbott is conceding that learning where dangerous chemicals are stored in Texas can be a challenge.

The Republican nominee for governor has faced scrutiny since a May ruling by his office that tightened public access to information about chemical stockpiles in their communities. He told reporters this week that most people could still identify chemical facilities with a "drive around" their neighborhood.

But in an interview Wednesday, Abbott told The Associated Press that the information is "challenging to get."

He's proposing that fire stations replace the state as the first stop for citizens who want to know whether large quantities of dangerous chemicals are nearby.

A spokesman for Democrat Wendy Davis, Abbott's opponent in November, mocked that plan and accused Abbott of scrambling after a backlash.

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