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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Risk of more explosions at storm-crippled Texas chemical plant - Stuff.co.nz

Two explosions have been reported at the flood-hit Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, and a sheriff's deputy was taken to a hospital after inhaling chemicals. Hours after noisy "chemical reactions" and fires broke out at a storm-battered US chemical plant ...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 »

New Worries About Storm Damage as Beaumont's Drinking Water Shuts Off - New York Times

With drinking water cut off, its river still rising, and most routes in and out of the city flooded, Beaumont suffered the worst of Texas' hardships on Thursday, and they showed no sign of abating. Flooding shut down the pumping plants that supply ...and more »