The Arkema chemical plant that caught fire and exploded last year in the middle of the flood disaster at Houston has led to a $1 million lawsuit.
Liberty County has gone to court against Arkema over the chemical fires at the Crosby plant. The suit was filed after firefighters filed high-dollar lawsuits against the chemical company.
The Houston Chronicle reports the suit filed by Liberty County accused Arkema of violating the Texas Clean Air Act, Texas Water code, health and safety codes and creating a public nuisance.
“Arkema needs to make sure that whatever chemicals entered the air, whatever whatever from the water thanks overflowed into the water supply, they need to ensure that now it’s clean and safe for the residents,” said attorney Mo Aziz.
The company pushed back against the “unfounded” legal claims.
“Liberty County’s lawsuit unfairly accuses Arkema and its employees of wrongdoing and contains misinformation that could unnecessarily alarm residents,” the company said in a statement. “The County and its residents could not have been seriously injured by Arkema’s releases because all monitoring and testing results show no exceedances of Texas residential environmental standards in soil, surface water, ash or drinking water occurred at off-site properties.”