The Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, has exploded after losing its ability to cool its products. One of the compounds that Arkema Corp. produces is an organic peroxide. Unlike the word ‘organic’ used to describe chemical-free food, the term ‘organic’, when referring to chemistry, signifies that a compound contains a carbon ring as a part of its atomic structure. organic peroxide is a toxic substance.
Unlike most other chemicals, the purpose of a peroxide is to decompose. In doing so it generates useful radicals that can initiate polymerization to make polymers, modify polymers by grafting or visbreaking, or cross-link polymers to create a thermoset. When used for these purposes, the peroxide is highly diluted, so the heat generated by the exothermic decomposition is safely absorbed by the surrounding medium (e.g. polymer compound or emulsion). But when a peroxide is in a more pure form, the heat evolved by its decomposition may not dissipate as quickly as it is generated, which can result in increasing temperature, which further intensifies the rate of exothermic decomposition. This can create a dangerous situation known as a self-accelerating decomposition.
A self-accelerating decomposition occurs when the rate of peroxide decomposition is sufficient to generate heat at a faster rate than it can be dissipated to the environment.
This might explain the explosions observed at the plant over night last night and the explanation that this explosion would not be able to be contained. This is a toxic substance that is potentially being distributed over a wide area and into the atmosphere. This explosion, along with the venting of refinery pollutants there, has most certainly produced some of the works of war as assuredly as any intentional militarized action. When are people going to wake up and realize that they are under attack within their own country?
The Works Of War:
- destroy crops and land
seize food supplies
- destroy homes and villages
- scatter families
- contaminate water
- inflict wounds and burns
- kill the living