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WORLDWIDE MARKET: Chemical

The market for protection from the dangers of toxic chemicals is the largest of the R-B-C markets. The sheer number of chemical plants throughout the world that are near large population centers creates a vast market.

The U.S. Market

  • The EPA has reported that there are approximately 15,000 facilities in the U.S. that produce, use or store more than "threshold amounts" of chemicals that pose a significant risk to human health and the environment if accidently released.1
  • The Department of Homeland Security has identified 3,400 of these that pose the greatest hazard to human life & health.2
  • One report stated that 89 of these "worst of the worst" facilities are located in 30 cities in 25 states. Each of these facilities threatens one million or more workers and local residents in the event of a toxic release due to a terrorist attack or accidental release.3
  • The U.S. Public Interest Research Group estimates that 41 million Americans live "within range of a toxic cloud that could result from a chemical accident at a facility located in their home zip codes."4

With an average of more than 25,000 fires, spills, or explosions involving hazardous chemicals occurring each year,5 there is a ready-made U.S. market than can be quickly developed.

The European Market

  • The European market is even larger than the U.S. market. In 1995 the estimated population of the 46 countries comprising Western & Eastern Europe was 727 million6 where more than 70% live in densely populated urban areas.7 Like the U.S., Europe tends to place its chemical plants near large population centers.
  • The 27 countries of the European Union, which are part of those 46, are the world's biggest chemicals market8, accounting for about 28 percent of the world output.9

More specific information could not be located on the number of chemical plants that process hazardous chemicals or where they might be located. There was, however, many references to the strong effort that the EU countries have recently made to require larger companies to incorporate safer chemicals into their manufacturing processes.

The Global Market