Multiple Injuries in TX Chemical Plant Explosion

Pasadena, TX –  A four-person investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of an incident that reportedly injured 21 workers at the Kuraray America facility in Pasadena, Texas, last week.

About 270 workers were inside when a valve blew, sparking a flash-fire just at Kuraray America EVAL facility on Choate and Bay Area Boulevard in the southern Harris County, officials said.

Houston is the U.S. headquarters of Tokyo-based specialty chemical maker Kuraray, which employs about 800 people in the U.S. The company produces dental, fiber, resin and elastomer products.

The company said in a news release that six people were being treated for non-life threatening injuries and all of the approximately 250 workers at the site have been accounted for. It said the fire is out and there is no threat to the public.

Authorities earlier reported that 20 workers were injured and one was missing.

The EVAL plant opened in 1986. It’s now the world’s largest ethylene vinyl alcohol plant, capable of producing 47,000 tons annually. There are four production lines on site.

The company is expanding the plant to produce 58,000 tons a year. The project is expected to wrap up this year.