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Evacuation zone lifted around Arkema facility

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Arkema has announced that a 1.5 mile evacuation zone around the site of its chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, US, has been lifted.

The evacuation zone was established after explosions at the chemical plant caused by unprecedented levels of rain the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The evacuation zone made it possible to neutralise the remaining trailer tanks containing the organic peroxides that could no longer be stored safely after Hurricane Harvey had made landfall in Texas.

The Crosby Fire Department and unified command has now determined that it is safe for residents to return to their homes.

In a statement, Arkema thanked the unified command for their hard work and professionalism to ensure the safety of all during the post-Hurricane Harvey period.

The statement continued: “The perimeter of the Arkema Crosby site is secured. Arkema will continue to work with its neighbours and the community to recover from the substantial impact of Hurricane Harvey. Our thoughts go to those people who have been affected by this unprecedented disaster in the region.”

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