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Agency: Texas Chemical Plant Unprepared for Hurricane Harvey

Agency: Texas Chemical Plant Unprepared for Hurricane Harvey
In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, smoke rises from an Arkema Inc. chemical plant in Crosby, near Houston, Texas. (KTRK via AP, File)

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 01:45 PM

Federal investigators say they've seen no signs that a Houston-area chemical plant that flooded and partially exploded during Hurricane Harvey considering moving its highly unstable compounds offsite as a precaution.

Arkema Inc.'s emergency response plan listed flooding as a risk there but offered little direction. Records show it says "care shall be taken to be sure water is kept out" of buildings.

As Harvey dumped record-setting rain last August, Arkema's plant lost power. Backup generators, sitting just 2 feet above ground, were engulfed. Refrigeration systems ultimately failed, leading organic peroxides there to warm and destabilize.

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairwoman Vanessa Allen Sutherland said Wednesday at a news conference that "the facility was not prepared for such heavy rainfall." She mentioned relocating chemicals as a measure companies might use.

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Federal investigators say they've seen no signs that a Houston-area chemical plant that flooded and partially exploded during Hurricane Harvey considering moving its highly unstable compounds offsite as a precaution.
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