The danger is posed by the lack of powered cooling equipment to prevent the heat-sensitive organic peroxides from reaching risky temperatures.
Late Monday night, the facility lost power from both its primary supply and its backup generators. Later in the day, the Harris County Fire Marshals evacuated residents within 1.5 miles of the plant as a "precautionary measure". She lambasted the company Wednesday morning in a series of tweets, questioning why it warn people of s a danger as soon as its plant lost power.
Because of the seriousness of the issue, Arkema is working with the Department of Homeland Security and the state of Texas to set up a command post near their Crosby site.More news: Kezia Dugdale has quit and it is about time too
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Arkema's CEO said Wednesday that there is "no way to prevent" a possible explosion at the company's Crosby, Texas, facility, which has been heavily flooded as a result of Hurricane Harvey. "The high water that exists on site, and the lack of power, leave us with no way to prevent it". Typically, companies can quench organic peroxides in situations like this by combining them with another chemical, eliminating the danger.
Emergency services have been monitoring the plant as it was forced to be abandoned yesterday due to the storm.
The company powered its coolers with backup generators at first, but they were overwhelmed by water and have failed, leaving the chemicals to warm.
He downplayed any long-term impact or any toxic inhalation hazards from a fire or explosion at the plant, saying he was not aware of anything the public should be concerned about. According to a safe storage manual by AkzoNobel, a rival chemical manufacturer, that class of chemicals is considered "highly combustible".