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Arkema Indicted Over Chemical Explosions During Hurricane Harvey (2)

Aug. 3, 2018, 7:35 PMUpdated: Aug. 3, 2018, 9:30 PM

Chemical company Arkema Inc. and two executives face up to $1 million in fines and as much as five years in prison over their actions managing reactive chemicals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, Aug. 3 issued a criminal indictment against the company, its CEO Richard Rowe, and Leslie Comardelle, the plant manager at the Crosby, Texas, site.

“Companies don’t make decisions, people do,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. “Responsibility for pursuing profit over the health of innocent people ...