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Arkema Inc. Crosby update at 6:15 PM EDT September 4, 2017

Assistance Center Open Tuesday, September 5 - 10am - 3pm

Arkema will have open an assistance center at the Crosby High School on Tuesday, September 5.  The center will be open from10AM to 3PM.  The center will provide assistance to people who were affected by the evacuation order.  We can help you find temporary housing, assist with meeting immediate needs, and provide information on filing claims for more complex issues.

Arkema Inc. Crosby update at 2:00 AM EDT September 4, 2017

1.5 Mile Evacuation Zone Lifted for Area Surrounding Arkema Crosby Facility

The Crosby Fire Department and unified command has determined it is safe for residents to return to their homes. The 1.5 mile evacuation zone around the Arkema Inc. facility has been lifted and is no longer in effect. Arkema thanks the unified command for their hard work and professionalism to ensure the safety of all during the post-Hurricane Harvey period.


The perimeter of the Arkema Crosby site is secured.  Arkema will continue to work with its neighbors and the community to recover from the substantial impact of Hurricane Harvey.  For further information on these efforts, please contact the incident helpline at 1-877-4ARKEMA.  

Arkema Inc. Crosby update at 1:00 AM EDT September 4, 2017

Arkema will open an assistance center at the Crosby High School on Monday, September 4.  The center will be open from 9AM to 5PM.  The center will provide assistance to people who were affected by the evacuation order.  We can help you find temporary housing, assist with meeting immediate needs, and provide information on filing claims for more complex issues.

Arkema Inc. Crosby update at 7:30 PM EDT September 3, 2017

Six Remaining Containers Have Largely Burned Out

Arkema Inc., in coordination with unified command, took proactive action this evening shortly before 5 p.m. to safely cause ignition of the remaining containers at the company’s site in Crosby, Texas.  The remaining six containers storing organic peroxide products have now largely burned themselves out.

While this is an important step toward resolution of this situation, residents who were evacuated from the area within 1.5 miles of the plant should await further notice from emergency response officials on when they can begin returning home.

Arkema will continue to coordinate with emergency response officials and keep the community informed of our actions.

Crosby update at 7:30 PM EDT September 1, 2017

Site status


Around 5:05 p.m. (CDT), representatives of the Harris County Emergency Operation Center observed multiple dark plumes of smoke coming from the Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby, Texas. Shortly thereafter, fire was observed at the plant.

 

Two of the remaining containers of organic peroxides at the Crosby site have now been lost to fire.   The entrance to the site remains flooded, though the flood waters are receding.  We continue to work with local authorities who are monitoring the site.

 

Arkema held an audio press conference this morning.  Almost 80 reporters were in attendance, along with other interested parties.


The entire audio of the conference is available from AT&T.

 

Dial 800-475-6701
Access code 429613

 

This audio playback will be available through Tuesday, September 5.


The 1.5 mile evacuation perimeter remains in effect and everyone should remain outside this perimeter until local officials announce that the area is safe.

Crosby update at 5:30 PM EDT September 1, 2017

Site status

At this writing, only one container of organic peroxides at the Crosby site has been lost to fire.  The entrance to the site remains flooded, though the flood waters are receding.  We continue to work with local authorities who are monitoring the site.  And we continue to monitor the temperatures in the remaining trailers.  There have been no reports of any fires or smoke at the site.

 

Arkema held an audio press conference today.  Almost 80 reporters were in attendance, along with other interested parties.

The entire audio of the conference is available from AT&T.

 

Dial 800-475-6701
Access code 429613.

This audio playback will be available through Tuesday, September 5.

Local impact

The 1.5 mile evacuation perimeter remains in effect and everyone should remain outside this perimeter until local officials announce that the area is safe.

Crosby update at 5:30 PM EDT August 31, 2017

Site status

At this writing, one of the trailers at the Crosby plant containing organic peroxides caught fire early Thursday morning and burned.  Some of the area surrounding the trailer was burned or charred, but any adjacent fires burned themselves out.  We continue to monitor the temperature in the remaining trailers and there is evidence suggesting that other trailers will soon burn, but there have been no reports of any fires or smoke.

Local impact

The 1.5 mile evacuation perimeter remains in effect and everyone should remain outside this perimeter until local officials deem the area safe.

The Arkema site in Crosby, Texas has been shut-down since Friday.

6:50 PM EDT - August 29, 2017

The site anticipated the storm, and safely shut down all operations before hurricane landfall. The facility has had extraordinary levels of rain, receiving approximately 40 inches by Monday afternoon. The site has been heavily flooded and without electric service since early Sunday morning. Back-up generators have largely been inundated with water. A small ride-out crew of eleven people had remained on site for some days.

As of late this afternoon, the situation at the Crosby site had become serious.  In order to ensure the safety of our ride-out team, all personnel have been evacuated from the site at this time.  We are working with the Department of Homeland Security and the State of Texas to set up a command post in a suitable location near our site.  We also have been in contact with other regulatory authorities, who are aware of this situation.

Arkema manufactures organic peroxides at the Crosby plant. The primary challenge has been maintaining refrigeration for these products, which are stored at low temperature. The site lost refrigeration to all of its cold-storage warehouses when electrical power was lost and back-up generators were flooded. Our team then transferred products from the warehouses into diesel-powered refrigerated containers, and continued to monitor the situation.  

At this time, refrigeration on some of our back-up product storage containers has been compromised due to extremely high water, rising to levels that are unprecedented in the Crosby area.  Arkema is limited in what it can do to address the site conditions until the storm abates.  We are monitoring the temperature of each refrigeration container remotely.  At this time, while we do not believe there is any imminent danger, the potential for a chemical reaction leading to a fire and/or explosion within the site confines is real.  

We have no higher priority than the safety of our employees, neighbors and the environment. We have been working without pause to keep our materials safe.

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