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Arkema discloses chemicals, quantities at risk in Texas - Chemical & Engineering News

Arkema's facility in Crosby, Texas, cannot properly store organic peroxides because of flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. Credit: AP. [+]Enlarge. Structure of tert-Butyl 2-ethylhexaneperoxoate. At least 225 metric tons of peroxides stored at a ...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 »

Just how dangerous are those chemicals burning in Texas? - CBC.ca

A police deputy was sent to hospital after inhaling fumes from an explosion, fire and smoke at a flooded chemical plant outside Texas. Nine others drove themselves to hospital as a precaution, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said. The fire in a ...and more »

60 inches of rain fell from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, shattering US storm record - Washington Post

Update, Sept. 22 and 29. New data from the National Weather Service shows that a weather station near Nederland, Tex. about 10 miles north of Port Arthur received 60.58 inches of rain from Hurricane Harvey. Another weather station, about five miles to ...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 »

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 »

EPA Delayed Chemical Safety Rule After Industry Complaints - Newsmax

The Trump administration delayed an Obama-era rule that would have tightened safety requirements for companies that store large quantities of dangerous chemicals such as the chemical plant near Houston that exploded early Thursday. The Environmental ...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 '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 »

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 »