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Port Arthur Environmental Profile
Port Arthur, Texas Westside Community

Port Arthur, Texas, is located 90 miles east of Houston, in Jefferson County on the western bank of Sabine Lake. Port Arthur is at the center of the largest oil refinery network in the world. The Westside community is located in the southwest end of the City of Port Arthur and is adjacent to refineries, chemical plants, a hazardous waste incinerator, and next to a blighted downtown and an under used waterfront.

The Westside community was chosen as the EPA Region 6 Environmental Justice (EJ) Showcase Community to participate in EPA's national initiative to address EJ challenges in ten communities across the country. The two-year EJ Showcase Community project used a collaborative community-based approach by gathering input from all stakeholders to improve the community's public health and the environment.

Environmental Profile

This environmental profile is a resource to help you understand important environmental indicators for your area. The information in this profile is a summary of documents prepared by EPA and various state agencies.

The Environmental Profile:
  • Provides information on the current environmental conditions in your area.
  • Identifies past and present sources that contribute to the environmental conditions.

The environmental profile has three sections: air, water, and land.

Color Code Ratings

To quickly learn about the current condition of Port Arthur air, water, and land, EPA has created a color code rating system you will see throughout this website.

Short Answer Long Answer
OK, No known concerns No known risk levels are exceeded based on existing knowledge and data
Limited Concern or risk is uncertain Risk is limited or intermittent. Some uncertain risk may be present, or risk is to the ecology but not directly to human health
Caution is Advised (condition may be temporary) Risk is present to human health and/or the environment. However condition may be temporary
Avoid. Known chronic risk to human health Risk is known to exist on a consistent basis and should be avoided.

Additional Resources

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)


Additional Resources


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