After Arkema Fires, Investigators Call For Better Storm Protections At Chemical Plants

“More robust industry guidance is needed to help hazardous chemical facilities better prepare for extreme weather events,” a federal investigation found.

By Travis BubenikMay 25, 2018 9:30 am, , , ,

From Houston Public Media:

Federal investigators say chemical plants across the country need tougher safeguards against hurricanes and flooding.

The recommendation comes as part of a final report on fires that broke out at a Houston-area plant that was flooded by Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented rainfall.

In the report, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said the insurer for the Arkema, Inc. plant in Crosby had warned about flood risks a year before the storm, noting the facility sits in a floodplain. But the report found employees there were never given that information.

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