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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Tropical Storm Harvey causes disruptions, emissions, and explosions in Houston area - Chemical & Engineering News

As flood waters continue to rise, Storage facilities holding highly flammable organic peroxides at an Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, began to explode early this morning, sending black smoke into the air. The facility and area around it had been ...and more »