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Know more about Arkema in Crosby, Texas.

[From the Arkema, Inc. website]

The Crosby, TX plant produces liquid organic peroxides that are used primarily in the production of plastic resins, polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC and polyester reinforced fiberglass, and acrylic resins.

Many consumer products that we use everyday, ranging from automobiles and food packaging, to health and cleaning products, owe their beginnings to organic peroxides. Here are some examples:

    • Solid surface countertops
    • Acrylic-based paints and coatings for automotive, industrial and architectural applications
    • Key components in the enhancement of hoses, gaskets, and headlights assemblies for the automotive industry
    • Expandable polystyrene cups and plates
    • PVC for pipes, packaging, siding     Source

What are organic peroxides?

Organic peroxides are a family of chemical compounds that are used in the manufacture of plastics and composites. They are also used in certain skin treatments and pharmaceuticals. Low-temperature organic peroxides are flammable liquids that naturally degrade and can become unstable unless refrigerated. If unrefrigerated, the product can rapidly break down and catch fire.    Source

Chemicals spark fires at Crosby plant, officials say chemical is ‘noxious’

September 1, 2017, Channel 11 KHOU

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are about 1,300 households and 3,800 people in a three-mile radius of Arkema. The plant’s chemical inventory includes acetone, benzoyl chloride, chlorodifluromethane, cumene, cumene hydroperpoxide, DI(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, ethybenzene, ethylene glycol, hydrochloric acid, mercury, methyl ethylketone, n-hexane, sodium hydroxide, sodium sulfate, sulfuric acid and butyl alcohol.

Crisis Is Over at Texas Plant, but Chemical Safety Flaws Remain

September 5, 2017, New York Times

Because of a gap in federal environmental laws long criticized by chemical safety experts, Arkema was not even required to address, in the emergency plans it submits to federal regulators, the risk posed by the volatile chemicals that overheated and set off fires several times last week, sending dense black smoke billowing over this town near Houston.

The close call has raised doubts about the preparedness of the nation’s vast chemicals industry for potentially bigger disasters, both natural and man-made. The Environmental Protection Agency ignores a whole class of chemicals in regulating plant safety that experts say pose explosion hazards.

After Chemical Fires, Texans Worry About Toxic Effects

November 2, 2017, All Things Considered on National Public Radio

November 15, 2017, Houston Chronicle:

Arkema documents: Planning, mechanical failures led to Harvey chemical fires

Video from ABC-13 in Houston

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