May 21, 2018

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CSB Investigates Texas Chemical Plant Explosion
The Kuraray America plant in Pasadena, TX. The Kuraray America plant in Pasadena, TX. Image courtesy of Google Maps

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is dispatching a group of four investigators to the Kuraray America plant in Pasadena, TX where 21 people were injured after an explosion on Saturday, the federal agency announced in a press release Monday.

The blast occurred as 266 workers were on site while heavy maintenance work was being carried out during a turnaround period, Powder & Bulk Solids reported. Preliminary investigations suggested the explosion resulted from a release of ethylene from a pressure safety valve in a process unit that led to a flash fire.

Kuraray is a specialty chemical company based in Tokyo. The Pasadena plant produces ethylene vinyl-alcohol copolymers.

Although the CSB cannot issue citations or fines, the agency investigates chemical accidents and provides recommendations on safety to plants and other stakeholders.

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