The French chemical company Arkema saw one of its chemical plants explode in Crosby, Texas, just outside of Houston, following Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 31.
Texas Republican lawmakers, Arkema and the American Chemistry Council (a group that represents the chemical industry) successfully lobbied the Trump administration to delay new regulations designed to improve safety procedures at chemical plants, according to the International Business Times.
Democracy Now notes: “Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton aggressively attacked a proposed chemical plant safety rule, after his election campaign garnered over $100,000 from chemical industry donors.”
If the chemical companies and the Texas Republicans had not been successful, the new regulations would have gone into effect in March. Now, Crosby is awash in organic peroxide chemicals.
Arkema has received more than $8.7 million worth of corporate welfare (taxpayer subsidies) from the state of Texas for its six chemical plants in the Lone Star state, reports the International Business Times.