TCEQ alleges serious violations at Waxahachie chemical plant

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 25 at 8:02 PM

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WAXAHACHIE — State regulators late Wednesday handed down a list of alleged violations against the Magnablend chemical blending plant that caught fire and burned to the ground last October.

The plant has been cited with four major violations in connection with the incident.

No one was injured, but pollutants and toxins poured out of the plant into the air and on the ground, and the cleanup is still under way.

After a five-month investigation, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) determined that Magnablend :

  • caused a traffic hazard during the fire
  • failed to submit the required emissions report after the fire
  • exceeded emissions limitations
  • created a hazardous nuisance in the community

State officials also found fault with operations inside the plant, saying:

"…conditions at Magnablend which led to the fire and resulting emissions may have been prevented with proper engineering design, maintenance and education."

Last month, the Department of Labor released another list of major violations in connection with the fire, citing serious safety conditions inside the plant, including poor ventilation and failure to properly train employees.

News 8 was unable to reach Magnablend officials Wednesday evening for a response. There is no word from the state about any fines, but Magnablend still has an opportunity to respond to the allegations.

E-mail bshipp@wfaa.com

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