31 Aug '17, 1pm

2 Explosions Reported at Houston-Area Chemical Plant Damaged by Harvey Floods

Two explosions and black smoke were reported from an Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby, Texas—about 25 miles outside of Houston —on Thursday morning. The facility, which was swamped by 6 feet of water from Hurricane Harvey 's unprecedented flooding, manufacturers organic peroxides for the production of plastic resins, polystyrene, paints and other products. As the New York Times explains, these chemicals must be kept in cold storage because when they warm up they begin to decompose and create heat, which can lead to an explosion. Harris County officials had already ordered an evacuation zone in an area 1.5 miles from the damaged plant. Arkema said the flooding from Harvey "overwhelmed our primary power and two sources of emergency backup power. As a result, we lost critical refrigeration of the products on site. Some of our organic peroxides products burn if not stored at low te...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/explosions-houston-harvey-247987...

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