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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 »

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 »

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 »

Harvey Updates: Fire and Smoke Again Engulf Chemical Plant Near Houston - New York Times

Fire engulfed part of a chemical plant northeast of Houston on Friday evening, sending thick black smoke high into the sky, a statement from Arkema, the owner of the plant, confirmed. It was the same facility where, on Thursday, a chemical storage ...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 »

In Texas chemical-plant fire, failure of backup measures raises new fears - Washington Post

When the hurricane blew in, workers at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Tex., faced the problem of keeping the plant's volatile chemicals cold. The plant had 19.5 tons of organic peroxides of various strengths, all of them requiring refrigeration ...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 »

Texas chemical plant explodes after Hurricane Harvey flooding - Quartz

A chemical plant in Crosby, Texas exploded after flooding from Hurricane Harvey, which was downgraded to a Tropical Storm, and then Tropical Depression. France's Arkema, the owner of the plant, confirmed in a statement that at 2am local time (Aug 31 ...and more »