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Arkema Plant Followed Plan in Harvey; More Needed as Storms Worsen

May 24, 2018, 5:41 PM

Global chemical company Arkema SA followed its emergency plan correctly, but even the best industry guidance may not have prevented its Houston-area facility from catching fire during Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented flooding last year.

That’s what the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which investigated the accident, concluded in its report released May 24.

The last several years have seen a growing trend of severe rainfall events, and chemical plants must do a better job of preparing, Kristen Kulinowski, a member of the board, told reporters at a news conference in Houston.

“Government experts believe this trend is likely to continue,” ...