Plant explosions, spills test industry's response to Harvey
September 1, 2017
Explosions that rocked a Texas chemical plant after it was inundated by Harvey's floodwaters are raising questions about the adequacy of industry preparations for the monster storm and stoking fears of more accidents in the days ahead.
The owners of the plant in Crosby, Texas, said Friday they will let 500,000 pounds (227,000 liters) of liquid organic peroxide that caused two explosions continue to burn because they have no way to cool the unstable chemical to prevent it from igniting.
The explosions came after the site lost power and the company's backup generators flooded. The site had fl...