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Why Did Chemicals at a Harvey-Ravaged Facility Explode? - Scientific American

Peroxides at a Texas plant, owned by the company Arkema, are “one small step away from ignition”. By Emma Stoye, Chemistry World on September 5, 2017. Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share on Reddit. Stumble Upon. Share via. Print. Why Did ...and more »

Crippled water system, chemical plant blaze, vivid examples of Harvey's cascading effects - Washington Post

BEAUMONT, Tex. — The prolonged misery from Hurricane Harvey peaked here Friday in the southeast corner of the state, where a crippled municipal water system left residents lacking running water, unable to flush toilets, desperate for basic sanitation ...and more »

If You Think the Government Will Do Something About Chemical Explosions in the Wake of Houston, Think Again - Mother Jones

The most important information to have should you live near a chemical plant explosion—or inhale the fumes as 15 police officers have—is what kinds of chemicals are at risk of leeching into the air and water. Yet more than 24 hours after explosions ...and more »

The disaster in Crosby is purely man-made. - Houston Chronicle

First came the water; then came the fire. Explosions and flames erupted into the air at a chemical plant in Crosby very early Thursday morning. Floodwaters had knocked out the cooling system needed to prevent organic peroxides from breaking down, and ...and more »

What's happening at the Arkema chemical plant - Chemistry World

In the aftermath of hurricane Harvey, chemicals stored at a plant in Crosby, near Houston, US, have begun to ignite. Experts are warning that future fires and explosions are extremely likely. How did this happen and what can be done to contain the ...and more »

Explosions possible after 'pops' heard at storm-crippled Texas chemical plant, officials say - Washington Post

CROSBY, Tex. — Hours after noisy “chemical reactions” and fires broke out at a storm-battered chemical plant — sending numerous sheriff's deputies to the hospital, and spreading smoke and alarm across the area — the facility's operators warned that ...and more »

The 'extremely flammable' chemical behind the fire in the flooded Texas plant - Washington Post

Early Thursday, while Texas wrestled with Hurricane Harvey's aftermath, a powerful reaction belched fire and black smoke from a chemical factory in Crosby, Tex., 30 miles northeast of Houston. The factory, operated by French chemical company Arkema ...and more »

Remaining Flood-Damaged Arkema Chemical Plant Containers Have Burned Out - NPR

Texas officials say all fires have been mostly extinguished at the Arkema chemical plant in the flood-ravaged Houston area after authorities launched controlled burns Sunday. Hurricane Harvey had damaged the plant, triggering several fires already.and more »

UPDATE: EPA says smoke from burning Texas chemical plant smoke poses no immediate threat - KVOA Tucson News

CROSBY, Texas - the Federal Emergency Management Agency is clarifying comments its director made regarding the public health threat from the smoke drifting from a burning chemical plant near Houston. Speaking Thursday at an early morning briefing in ...and more »

Experts are worried about volatile chemicals at Houston plant, but not alarmed - Washington Post

The breakdown of volatile chemicals that ignited a fire at a chemical plant outside Houston is cause for concern but not necessarily a major threat to public health, authorities and experts said Thursday. “At this time we are responding to a fire, not ...and more »