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U.S. EPA says no sign of toxic materials leaked from Texas plant explosion

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday that there was no sign of toxic material leaked from an explosion at a chemical Plant in Crosby, Texas, that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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"EPA has emergency response personnel on the scene and the Agency is currently reviewing data received from an aircraft that surveyed the scene early this morning," Pruitt said in a statement.

"This information indicates that there are no concentrations of concern for toxic materials reported at this time," said Pruitt.

The EPA said at about 2:45 a.m. CT (0745 GMT) on Thursday morning, the U.S. National Response Center received a report from the company, Arkema, concerning the explosion at its facility in Crosby, Texas.

"There is a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) radius exclusion area around the explosion site and EPA personnel are getting as close to the scene as possible," the agency said.

"Currently, a zone has been set by the local fire marshal to protect the area from potential additional explosions," it said.

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