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No chemical release at Crosby, Texas, plant: Arkema official

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 01:12

''This isn't a chemical release. What we have is a fire,'' Richard Rennard of Arkema told reporters near the scene of the flood-swamped chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, but a 1.5 mile evacuation zone has been established. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The head of an Arkema SA business unit said on Thursday (August 31) an incident at the company's Crosby, Texas, plant was not a chemical release but a fire caused by chemicals that could no longer be maintained at the cold temperatures required to prevent them from burning. "This isn't a chemical release. What we have is a fire," Richard Rennard of Arkema told reporters near the scene of the flood-swamped chemical plant. "Any smoke is going to be an irritant to your eyes, or your lungs or potentially your skin," he added, saying the company was encouraging anyone who had been exposed to the smoke to seek medical attention. Two explosions hit the flood-swamped Arkema SA chemical plant 25 miles northeast of Houston early on Thursday, and a sheriff's deputy was taken to a hospital after inhaling fumes, the French company said. Arkema said further explosions of organic peroxides produced by the Crosby, Texas, plant and stored onsite were possible, and it urged people to stay away as the fire burns itself out. Black smoke was billowing from the site, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters at a televised news briefing.

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No chemical release at Crosby, Texas, plant: Arkema official

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 01:12