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Summary of Major Risks from Arkema Crosby Plant

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Volatile chemicals caused an explosion at the Arkema Crosby chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, on August 31, 2017. They exploded after the plant lost power due to Hurricane Harvey, which turned off the refrigerators that normally keep these chemicals stable. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) just reported that eight different contaminants stored on site were released, due to flooding and the subsequent fire.2 While the contaminated floodwaters were contained soon after the flooding began, the TCEQ estimates that 23,000 pounds of contaminants were released to the air.

Volatile chemicals caused an explosion at the Arkema Crosby chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, on August 31, 2017. They exploded after the plant lost power due to Hurricane Harvey, which turned off the refrigerators that normally keep these chemicals stable. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) just reported that eight different contaminants stored on site were released, due to flooding and the subsequent fire. While the contaminated floodwaters were contained soon after the flooding began, the TCEQ estimates that 23,000 pounds of contaminants were released to the air.

Frontier Group has created a factsheet detailing the extent of the problem, as well as resources for affected residents.

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