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Status of Plant in Crosby, Texas (USA)

Crosby plant flood

The Arkema site in Crosby, Texas anticipated the Harvey hurricane, and safely shut down all operations since Friday. 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.

Arkema Inc. Emergency Phone Bank

For inquires related to Arkema's Crosby, Texas site contact us at 1-877-4-ARKEMA.

Updates

09/11/2017 - One week after local residents went home, Arkema reflects on the events in Crosby

In the wake of the recent flooding in Texas and more specifically on the Crosby site, Arkema reflects on those events. Arkema reaffirms its solidarity with the local community affected by Hurricane Harvey...

09/04/2017 - 06:15PM (UTC-4)

Arkema open an assistance center at the Crosby High School.

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 holds press conference, focuses on community outreach.

09/04/2017 - 02:00AM (UTC-4)

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 The 1.5 mile evacuation zone around the Arkema Inc. facility has been lifted and is no longer in effect.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...

09/03/2017 - 07:30PM (UTC-4)

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.

09/03/2017 - 04:30PM (UTC-4)

At the Arkema Inc. site in Crosby, Texas, there is clear visual evidence that the chemicals in the trailers are degrading but they have failed to ignite completely. We are concerned that, without ignition, we can’t determine if the hazard has been fully eliminated.

 

In order to maintain control of the situation, proactive measures to safely cause ignition of the remaining trailers through controlled means are being taken.

 

This decision was made by Arkema Inc. in full coordination with unified command. These measures do not pose any additional risk to the community, and both Arkema and members of the unified command believe this is the safest approach. The 1.5 mile evacuation zone is still in place, until further notice.

09/02/2017 - 01:15PM (UTC-5)

As of 9/2/2017 at 11:15 AM (UTC-5), no further developments at the Crosby site have been reported, no new fires or smoke have been reported today.   The flood waters have significantly receded from the site.

 

Now that airports are open and roads have become more passable, we have dispatched a special team to provide assistance to impacted community members and local Arkema employees, to assist with emergency response, and to interact with governmental authorities.  They will primarily provide expertise to authorities and aid to residents displaced by the situation at our Crosby plant.

 

IMPORTANT: We urge everyone in the area to respect the 1.5 mile evacuation perimeter surrounding the site. Please stay away.  This cordon remains in effect and everyone should remain outside this perimeter until local officials announce that the area is safe.

09/01/2017 - 6:30PM (UTC-5)

Around 5:05 p.m. (UTC-5), 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.

 

Local officials continue to maintain a 1.5 miles evacuation perimeter around our plant, based on their assessment of the situation.

08/31/2017 - 5:30PM (UTC-5)

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.

 

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

08/31/2017 - 3:30PM (UTC-5)

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08/31/2017 - 2:55PM (UTC-5)

08/31/2017 - 2:30AM (UTC-5)

At approximately 2 a.m. CDT, we were notified by the Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of two explosions and black smoke coming from the Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby, Texas. Local officials had previously established an evacuation zone in an area 1.5 miles from our plant, based on their assessment of the situation...

08/30/17 - 5:55PM (UTC-5) - Comments from Rich Rowe, President & CEO, Arkema Inc.

The nation is dealing with a natural disaster of enormous magnitude in Texas.  As part of that, Arkema is dealing with a critical issue at our Crosby, Texas facility.Please let me begin by thanking our brave and dedicated employees who safely shut down the site before Hurricane Harvey made landfall.  Like everyone else in the region, these folks were dealing with personal and family issues caused by the storm, yet they performed their tasks in the most professional manner...

08/29/17 - 7:00PM (UTC-5)

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...

What are organic peroxides?

Organic peroxides are a family of chemical compounds that are used in the manufacture of plastics and composites. They are also used in certain skin treatments and pharmaceuticals. Low-temperature organic peroxides are flammable liquids that naturally degrade and can become unstable unless refrigerated. If unrefrigerated, the product can rapidly break down and catch fire.

Crosby site informations

The Arkema Crosby site is located at 18000 Crosby Eastgate Rd, Crosby, TX 77532.  The facility produces liquid organic peroxides that are used primarily in the production of plastic resins, polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC and polyester reinforced fiberglass, and acrylic resins. There are 57 employees employed at the facility.  The facility is in a rural area with no hospitals, schools, correctional facilities or recreational areas or industrial/commercial areas in the vicinity.

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