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Fire at Houston-Area Chemical Plant Prompts Evacuations, Shelter-in-Place Orders

HeadlineNov 09, 2023

In Texas, an explosion at a chemical plant in San Jacinto County triggered a massive fire, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky. Authorities ordered a nearby school to evacuate and others in the vicinity to shelter in place. The Houston-area plant belongs to Sound Resource Solutions, a maker of solvents for glue and paint remover. The chemicals processed at the plant are highly toxic and have been linked to cancer, among other serious health issues. Texas Democratic state Senator Roland Gutierrez said, “Unfortunately, chemical explosions are commonplace in Texas. For decades, politicians like Ted Cruz have rolled back environmental protections and safety standards. Now, our families, workers, and communities are left to deal with the fallout.”

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