Assault Added To List Of Charges Against Chemical Company For Underplaying Dangers

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Published on April 10, 2019 - Duration: 00:41s

Assault Added To List Of Charges Against Chemical Company For Underplaying Dangers

According to a report by Reuters, on Wednesday, a Texas grand jury indicted chemical manufacturer Arkema North America and one of its executives on assault charges, alleging that they underplayed the dangers of a fire that injured two emergency workers called to the site.

Prosecutors reportedly said that the US arm of the French chemicals firm and its vice president of logistics, Michael Keough, were charged with 'reckless assault' of two sheriff's deputies by misrepresenting the hazards of chemicals released during the fire.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said, "the reckless assault was the misrepresentation by a highly placed corporate official” of the dangers of organic peroxides that caught fire after the plant flooded.

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