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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 »

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. Email. Print. Share via. Google+; Stumble Upon ...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 »

Two explosions were reported at a flooded chemical plant in Texas and experts worry more explosions could occur - Business Insider

Explosions have been reported at a chemical plant near Houston, Texas, which was hit by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north east of Houston. It lost power and its ...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 »

Houston left with a toxic mess as Trump relaxes rules - Politico

Explosions and fires at a Houston-area chemical plant triggered an evacuation Thursday in a region still in chaos from Hurricane Harvey — and generated new criticism of President Donald Trump's efforts to repeal the industry's safety rules. Thursday ...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 »

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 »

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 »

Chemicals burning at Texas plant are unstable if not cooled - Phys.Org

The chemicals that exploded at a Texas plant are so unstable that they must be kept cool or they can ignite a runaway scenario. Experts say that's what happened when the Arkema Inc. chemical plant lost power after Harvey engulfed the area in floods ...and more »