WASHINGTON: Company executives said on Friday (Sep 1) they kept volatile chemicals at a flooded Texas chemical plant in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey because that was the safest option to protect the public. Arkema executives say trying to move compounds out of its plant northeast of Houston as Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on the area would have been too risky. (Photo: AFP/Brendan Smialowski) Trying to move compounds out of the plant northeast of Houston as the storm was bearing down on the area would have been too risky, said Daryl Roberts, a senior official at French chemical company Arkema. Flooding from the storm cut power used to cool the products, organic peroxides used to make plastics and other materials, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents within 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) of the plant due to dangers from the fires. The jugs of liquid totalling about 500,000 pounds (225,000kg) were moved into nine truck-sized containers, one of which has already caught fire and burned for about nine hours. Arkema US president and CEO Rich Rowe told reporters the other eight containers… Read full this story
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