US law enforcement raids two Texas chemical waste plants

04 August 2009 18:11  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US chemical waste management company CES Environmental Services' two locations in Texas were raided on Tuesday morning by law enforcement officials, according to the US Attorney's office.

The reason for the raids by both local and federal officers at the Port Arthur and Houston plants was not disclosed by the US Attorney's office, because it does not comment on ongoing cases.

"It's an ongoing investigation and the searches are being done today," said Davilyn Walston, spokeswoman for the US Attorney's office in the Eastern District of Texas.

CES provides industrial, environmental and transportation services, according to its website.

Although there were no details on the raids, news reports cited two deaths in the past year at the Port Arthur location.

A man died at the site in December 2008, allegedly from asphyxiation due to inhaling hydrogen sulfide. Another death was reported in April as a possible result of exposure to hydrogen sulfide, according to KFDM-TV in Beaumont.

At the Houston plant, a worker was killed in a flash fire in July, KHOU-TV in Houston reported.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Parks and Wildlife Department and Coast Guard were all taking part in the raids, Port Arthur police chief Mark Blanton told KFDM-TV.

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By: Ryan Hickman
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