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

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 »

New Hazard in Storm Zone: Chemical Blasts and 'Noxious' Smoke - New York Times

HOUSTON — A series of explosions at a flood-damaged chemical plant outside Houston on Thursday drew sharp focus on hazards to public health and safety from the city's vast petrochemical complex as the region begins a painstaking recovery from ...and more »

Chemical plant explosion thrusts Arkema into spotlight - CNBC

Arkema SA is not exactly a household name, but its products are found in everything from plastics in automotive parts to adhesives for baby diapers. The company also claims to be the third-largest producer of hydrogen peroxide in the world. But now it ...and more »

Chemical Fire Burns At Flooded Arkema Plant In Crosby, Texas - NPR

Updated at 10:40 p.m. ET. Fire broke out and containers of chemicals burst at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, early Thursday, confirming fears that highly flammable organic peroxides produced at the plant could pose a threat after Hurricane Harvey ...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 »

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 »

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 »

Explosions at flooded Texas chemical plant leave confusion over toxic risk - The Guardian

Officials give conflicting accounts of whether to avoid emissions after it was flooded by waters from tropical storm Harvey. Texas flooding – live updates · Tom Dart in Barrett, Texas, Rory Carroll in Houston, Jamiles Lartey in New York and agencies ...and more »

EPA Safeguards and the Arkema Chemical Plant Disaster – Information You Should Know - Environmental Defense Fund (blog)

(This post was co-authored by EDF's Peter Zalzal). Like many Americans, we've been closely following the story about the Arkema chemical plant that was flooded when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. The resulting explosions there have added a horrifying new ...and more »

Harvey pounded the nation's chemical epicenter. What's in the foul-smelling floodwater left behind? - Los Angeles Times

The pounding rains of Hurricane Harvey washed over the conduits, cooling towers, ethylene crackers and other esoteric equipment of the nation's largest complex of chemical plants and petroleum refineries, leaving behind small lakes of brown, foul ...and more »