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Harvey pounded the nation's chemical epicenter. What's in the foul-smelling floodwater left behind? - Los Angeles Times

Explosions were reported at the Arkema Inc. chemical plant near Houston, where flooding knocked out electricity, leaving the facility without refrigeration needed to protect volatile chemicals. (Godofredo A. Vasquez / Associated Press). The pounding ...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 »

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

Mike Cossey, of Bureau Veritas, uses an air monitor to check the quality of air at a police roadblock marking the 1.5-mile perimeter of the evacuation area around the Arkema Inc. chemical plant Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Crosby, Texas. The …more. The ...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »