A 2016 analysis led by Texas A&M University researchers identified Arkema's facility as posing one of the region's biggest risks, based on such factors as the type and amount of chemicals and the population density.
In accident plans Arkema submitted to the EPA in 2014, executives said a hurricane and a power loss were potential hazards.
With complete combustion, he said, the byproduct is carbon dioxide and water, posing about the same amount of risk as standing too close to a campfire.
We hope you will contact us if you would like information not presented here or have any suggestions to improve your online experience.Smith reiterated statements executives made earlier Friday that the safest course of action was simply to "let these fires happen and let them burn out." Arkema officials did not directly notify local emergency managers of the generator failure, Moreno said.It instead came by way of the plant's ride-out crew, who told the Crosby Volunteer Fire Department about it when they were rescued during the storm, she said.Questions persisted Friday about the adequacy of Arkema's master plan to protect the public in the event of an emergency in flood-prone Houston, a metropolitan area of about 6 million people.The plant is along a corridor with one of the nation's greatest concentrations of refineries, pipelines and chemical plants.