August 31, 2017
by Jake Kanter
- There were two explosions at Arkema chemical plant near Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey flooding.
- 15 police officers were taken to hospital for inhaling fumes, while a 1.5-mile evacuation perimeter remains in place.
- There’s a risk of more explosions as officials plan to allow the fire to burn out.
- The incident wiped 100 million euros ($118 million) off Arkema’s market value.
Explosions have been reported at a chemical plant near Houston, Texas, which was hit by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
The Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston. It lost power and its backup generators amid Harvey’s deluge, leaving it without refrigeration for chemicals that become volatile as the temperature rises.
The EPA says there’s nothing to worry aboutt: