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Quiet opening: Residents voice mixed reactions to chem plant opening; fire chief, elected official discuss action plans

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The chemical plant in Killeen is continuing to spark controversy after a quiet grand opening nine days ago.

The plant is owned and operated by the MGC Pure Chemicals America Inc. (MPCA) and will produce super-pure hydrogen peroxide, a cleaning chemical used for applications that require stripping, etching and cleaning silicon wafers.

Chem Plant

Wanda Davis, a resident of the Northcliffe neighborhood in Killeen, takes a walk around her neighborhood on March 20. Davis’ home is within one mile of the new chem plant that was opened last week. Its grand opening was invite only. 

Chem Plant

Local business owner Kenyon Triplett works on a car outside of his home in Killeen, located within one mile of the plant. The mobile tint owner said he was not aware of the opening of the plant. 

Chem Plant

The plant is owned and operated by the MGC Pure Chemicals America Inc. and is surrounded by a security gate and barbwire.

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In these aerial photos on Wednesday, the MGC Chemical Plant maintains operations following its grand opening at 4500 Roy J. Smith Drive in Killeen.

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