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Arkema has no way to prevent chemical incident in Texas

by Reuters
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 19:30 GMT

Aug 30 (Reuters) - Arkema's North America chief executive said on Wednesday the company has no way of preventing chemicals from catching fire or exploding at its heavily flooded plant in Crosby, Texas.

The company evacuated remaining workers on Tuesday and Harris County ordered the evacuation of residents in a 1.5-mile(2.4-km) radius of the plant that makes organic chemicals.

Richard Rowe, who is chief executive of the company's North America unit, told reporters the company expects chemicals on site to catch fire or explode within the next six days. He said the company has no way to prevent a fire or potential explosion near the plant that is swamped by about six feet (1.83 m) of water. (Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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