CSB Must Disclose Chemical Emission Information After Incidents, District Court Rules

From: Safety+Health

“Watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and other environmental organizations filed a lawsuit against CSB in December 2017, about three months after an incident at an Arkema Inc. facility in Crosby, TX. Extensive flooding from Hurricane Harvey caused the facility to lose power, forcing employees to evacuate. Days later, organic peroxide products that had been stored inside a once-refrigerated trailer began to decompose, triggering a spontaneous combustion and fire. Emergency response officials initially decided to keep an adjacent public highway open despite its proximity to the plant. As a result, 21 people sought medical attention for exposure to hazardous chemical fumes.”

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