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TCEQ part of Arkema plant response in Crosby

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ContactAndrew Keese
Phone512-239-0060
After Hrs512-695-8072

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is part of a unified command with local, state, and federal partners responding to the situation at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby. The TCEQ is currently monitoring the fire.

Of immediate concern for residents around the plant is smoke. Smoke is a complex mixture of pollutants that can be irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat; that can decrease lung function; and the odors can cause headaches. The smoke from the fire is especially acrid and irritating. Those with heart problems or respiratory conditions, such as asthma or emphysema, may be particularly sensitive.

As with all smoke, people can limit the potential for adverse health effects by limiting their exposure. This includes staying indoors with doors and windows closed and running the air conditioning (if possible) with the fresh intake closed. If it is absolutely necessary to be outdoors, try to move out of the plume of smoke and minimize heavy work, exercise, or children’s playtime.

Because the fire will be extinguished as soon as possible, there is minimal risk of long-term health problems.

For the Arkema hotline, call 1-877-4-ARKEMA.

More information can be found on the Arkema website Exit the TCEQ.

Also see the TCEQ's hurricane response page.