08 Sep '17, 1pm

First Responders Sickened by Toxic Fumes Sue Chemical Plant

First Responders Sickened by Toxic Fumes Sue Chemical Plant A group of Texas first responders filed suit against chemical company Arkema Thursday, alleging the company did not adequately warn them of the risks of chemical exposure while they attended to a plant fire outside of Houston last week. In the suit, the seven plaintiffs say they were "overwhelmed" by vomiting after coming in contact with fumes at the plant, describing a scene "nothing less than chaos." The suit also accuses the company of failing to properly secure chemical facilities after Hurricane Harvey . The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) separately ordered Arkema to provide details of the explosion last week, which was caused by flood-related power outages that cut off refrigeration for the plant's chemical stores. According to the lawsuit, "immediately upon being exposed to the fumes ... the po...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/arkema-explosion-lawsuit-2482932...

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