A growing number lawsuits have been filed by people who were injured in chemical plant fires, explosions, spills, leaks, and other types of catastrophic accidents.
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Living & Working Near Chemical Plants
Texas is home to some of the largest industrial chemical-manufacturing and storage facilities in the world. Many agricultural facilities in Texas also handle dangerous chemicals used in farming, such as pesticides and ammonium nitrate.
What is the Risk?
Workers face extreme dangers, as do residents who live near chemical facilities. Entire towns can be leveled when fires break out and explosions spread to storage tanks.
Toxic chemical exposure is another serious risk. Water contamination and air pollution can occur after chemical spills, leaks, terrorist attacks, or when facilities illegally spew toxic chemicals into the air.
Explosions & Toxic Chemical Exposure
Chemical facility workers and residents face an ongoing risk of injury or death in a full-blown plant explosion, fire, or other catastrophic accident.
Living or working around chemical facilities also means risking exposure to substances like benzene, chlorine, hydrofluoric acid, vinyl acetate, asbestos, solvents, carbon monoxide, lead, and many other types of toxic chemicals.
Health Risks of Chemical Exposure
- Kidney or liver failure
- Brain damage
- Birth defects
- Lung disease
- Autoimmune diseases
- And more
Read More: Health Effects of Chemical Exposure
TPC Chemical Plant Explosion in Port Neches, Texas
In November 2019, multiple explosions and fires at the TPC chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas injured 3 workers and forced 60,000 people to evacuate over Thanksgiving. The explosions blew out windows, doors, and roofs on many homes and buildings.
Safety officials warned residents not to touch any debris or “things covered in a white, chalky substance.” Asbestos may have also been blown into neighborhoods or the the air, according to the warnings.
Days after the explosion, a class action lawsuit was filed against TPC Group Inc. by residents who are seeking financial compensation for damage. They also also want TPC Group to pay for medical monitoring and ongoing treatment for health problems linked to the explosions.
KMCO Chemical Plant Explosion
In April 2019, several lawsuits were filed after the KMCO chemical plant explosion killed 1 worker and critically injured 2 other people. The fire occurred after isobutylene — a highly flammable and toxic chemical — leaked and spread through the facility until it eventually exploded.
Fertilizer Chemical Plant Explosion in West, Texas
In April 2013, a fire at West Fertilizer Company ignited approximately 60 tons of ammonium nitrate. The explosion injured 170 people and killed 15, including 12 firefighters. Half the town of West was leveled.
The facility was a repeat target of thieves who were stealing chemicals to make methamphetamine. Even so, there was no security fencing around the perimeter. Federal investigators determined that the explosion was a “criminal act” due to a fire that was intentionally set.
Furthermore, officials said there was no emergency response plan in place, and “the community clearly was not aware of the potential hazard,” according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigation.
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