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They did not test stormwater near homes surrounding the plant. The results of 13 samples showed elevated levels of acetone and methane. Benzene, a known carcinogen, also was detected in one area tested, according to results published on the state environmental agency’s website. A&M Corpus Christi’s Hussain Abdulla said he was concerned about the “approaches and analysis” of the testing. For example, he noted the apparent lack of testing for dioxins, which could have been released when the refrigerated trailers full of organic peroxides burned. The Glovers treated their water well with bleach to cleanse their drinking water, but they lacked the funds to have it tested. Lab-certified well water testing can cost $25 to $400. The Glovers did not know they could ask Arkema to test their water, as the company did for some residents. Arkema’s contractor tested 37 drinking water wells around the plant, Smith said, and “none of the wells we tested showed levels of our chemicals that exceeded residential limits established by the State of Texas.” Kevin Thompson, a West Virginia-based attorney representing Bret and Phyllis Simmons and about 660 other Crosby residents, said initial results of tests conducted on behalf of his firm show that water in and around the plant is toxic. Smith said Arkema does not plan on testing any more wells, adding, “we don’t believe additional well-water testing is warranted because none of our testing has shown levels of our chemicals that exceed residential limits.” Houston Chronicle reporter Lise Olsen contributed to this report. Copyright © 2018 The Associated Press.
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