MGC Chemical Plant rendition

An artist's rendition shows what the MGC Pure Chemicals America plant will look like upon completion.

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Killeen City Councilwoman Shirley Fleming is not happy that she and her constituents were kept in the dark about the new chemical plant opening up in her district. Next week, everyone will get the chance to ask questions about the next big company that will call Killeen home.

Fleming and fellow Killeen Councilman Steve Harris have arranged to hold a public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28, at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

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Shirley Fleming

Shirley Fleming

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Steve Harris

Steve Harris

She began receiving concerned messages and phone calls from District 1 residents shortly after the plant was announced. That hasn’t stopped.

“People are reacting every day, that’s why I’m doing this,” she said in a phone call Saturday.

MGC Pure Chemicals America plant will be built in the Killeen Industrial Park. The plant will produce super-pure hydrogen peroxide, a cleaning chemical used in the semiconductor industry. This is used to produce several everyday items, such as camera lenses on phones and tablets. It’s set to create 28 new jobs with an average annual salary of $66,000 over the next five years, according to the Killeen Economic Development Corporation.

Residents’ concerns rose after a Houston-area chemical plant caught on fire after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey engulfed the plant’s two generators.

The Arkema plant in Crosby went up in flames because a lack of refrigeration caused the chemical compounds to catch fire. No one was injured in the blaze because the area was evacuated.

“There’s no guarantee that something like in Houston can’t happen to us here,” Fleming said.

A celebratory groundbreaking was held at the site location in the Killeen Industrial Park on Aug. 30. Several representatives from the Tokyo-based company were on hand, but the event was invite only, and the public wasn’t invited to attend.

Fleming was asked if she thought that was done intentionally to keep away the people who might oppose the plant. She indicated that she did.

“Do I even have to answer that?” she said.

On Thursday, the Herald requested a copy of the agreement between the city and new chemical plant under the Texas Public Information Act. In addition, the Herald asked city representatives and Executive Director of the Killeen Economic Development Corporation John Crutchfield. The questions are:

1) What is the cost of the chemical plant to taxpayers?

2) What does the cost of 50 percent in property taxes amount to with the property?

3) How many years will that tax plan last?

4) What is the cost of construction?

5) What is the cost of the rail spur?

6) Who will pay for the rail spur?

7) What is the volume of water the plant will use?

8) How will the water be treated and released?

9) What chemicals will be used and how will they be stored?

10) What air permits are required for the chemical plant?

11) What emissions will be released?

12) What are the actual number of jobs that will be hired locally?

13) What is the estimated total dollar amount that will be paid to the chemical company by the city, EDC or any other organization?

14) Did the chemical plan receive any county, state or federal funding?

15) Do these types of chemical plants normally locate in a high population area?

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Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

Copy: 'On Thursday, the Herald requested a copy of the agreement between the city and new chemical plant under the Texas Public Information Act. In addition, the Herald asked city representatives and Executive Director of the Killeen Economic Development Corporation John Crutchfield. The questions are:
1) What is the cost of the chemical plant to taxpayers?
2) What does the cost of 50 percent in property taxes amount to with the property?
3) How many years will that tax plan last?
4) What is the cost of construction?
5) What is the cost of the rail spur?
6) Who will pay for the rail spur?
7) What is the volume of water the plant will use?
8) How will the water be treated and released?
9) What chemicals will be used and how will they be stored?
10) What air permits are required for the chemical plant?
11) What emissions will be released?
12) What are the actual number of jobs that will be hired locally?
13) What is the estimated total dollar amount that will be paid to the chemical company by the city, EDC or any other organization?
14) Did the chemical plan receive any county, state or federal funding?
15) Do these types of chemical plants normally locate in a high population area?' End of copy.

I've asked this question before, without success: What is the tabulation, or total count of such a question? I think that such a question, if it does not place the total number of people who answered such a question, and the specifics of what the question asks what the specific answers to the question can and are misleading.

The question for this week is:
Do you approve of plans to locate a chemical plant that makes Hydrogen Peroxide in the Killeen Industrial Park?

The 'approved' answers are:
Yes: 'The company will bring industry to the community and create high paying jobs'.

Yes: 'As long as there are adequate safeguards in place, it's a good addition to the area'.

No: 'The plant will produce a highly volatile compound, which is a safety concern'.

No: 'Putting the plant so close to residential areas and a school is dangerous'.

Unsure: 'Without knowing all of the details, it's hard to say if the plant is a good fit'.

Without knowing what the 'size, or numerical value of the question is, how much 'faith' is one supposed to find in a question of this magnitude, is it 10 people, it it 100 people, or is it 10,000 people in this random sampling.

The sampling of such a question, again, is misleading; 'who is to know whether this facility is a good fit into this community or not without first having the specifics.

Or; if there are adequate safe guards???? Of one is not learned in 'what are adequate safeguards, then who knows.

And my favorite; Who gave this group the power to stipulate what this city would offer in regards to questions 1 thru 15????

These questions have not been answered as of yet.

Here is copy of significant content:
Copy: 'Hydrogen peroxide is not considered an explosive. However, when it is mixed with organic substances at significant concentrations, hazardous impact-sensitive compounds may result. Small amounts of other materials that contain catalysts (silver, lead, copper, chromium, mercury, and iron oxide rust) can cause rapid decomposition and an explosive pressure rupture of the containing vessel if it is not properly vented.
In addition to accelerated decomposition through contamination, the decomposition rate of hydrogen peroxide is increased with alkalinity, contact with certain materials of construction, and increasing temperatures. The rate of decomposition increases approximately 2.2 times for each 10 degrees C rise in temperature in the range from 20 degrees C to 100 degrees C, or 1.5 times for each 10 degrees F rise from 68 degrees F to 212 degrees F.
Decreasing temperatures have little effect on hydrogen peroxide until they drop substantially below 0 degrees C. Crystals do not begin to appear in 35% and 50% solutions until -33C (-27.4F) and -52.2C (-62F), respectively.'
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Continuation of copy: 'Inhalation of hydrogen peroxide vapors can cause irritation and inflammation of the respiratory tract. For this reason, the American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists has determined a Threshold Limit Value (LTV) or 1 ppm (1.4mg/m3) of hydrogen peroxide vapor in air as a maximum exposure limit for any eight-hour workday of a normal 40-hour work week. If hydrogen peroxide vapor is inhaled, fresh air should be sought at once; if the inhalation has been prolonged, a physician should be consulted immediately.' End of copy.

This should give the reader what he or she needs to know to formulate a cohesive answer.

But I still want to know 'who gave this group the idea that they 'enter into negotiations of this magnitude bypassing this city council????

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

I bet no one has told you, so I will rat them out.

So far this NEW school year, children have been discovered "in flagrante delicto" in bathrooms, stairwells, in the parking lots at least 12 times. As if it matters these days, These children caught "in flagrante delicto" involved male & female, female & female, and male & male!

[whistling][rolleyes][huh]

Your tax dollars at work, while your babies are doing the nasty as in knocking boots or my favorite "in flagrante delicto". [huh][ninja][crying]

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

Privately run and funded cabals now determine tax policy in a city. I suspect that is why YOUR city buys churches, builds football stadiums with LUXURY boxes & FREE eats for the ELITES, while the unwashed peasants and kids must sit on hard benches, they live high on the hog and the cattle with that lousy fifty bucks you pay them, I bet many palms get greased, they'll have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS using your tax money which your babies need, our overworked police need a raise, our teachers are hurting trying to teach thugs and gang members, murders almost everyday, rapes go unreported, shoplifting is a fact of life, burglaries are out of site, and drugs are sold right out in the open!!!

Man, what a fairy tale city, huh?????[ohmy][cool][rolleyes][whistling][huh][crying][ohmy][scared][batman][pirate]

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
I hear you @Pharon Enochs:, @user4574: and @THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME: to each of you I again say 'I hear you'. But this city council, this city administrative group apparently 'does not'.
@Pharon Enochs: I too 'think that the way of this city administrative group handed, or mishandled the audit,'it was a sham' and so is 'what is to transpire in the future', this will be the true fact of 'how this city is going to conduct city business in the future. Words are meaningless unless they are responsible for action.
@user4574: Herein again I hear you. And what about the chemical plant that just exploded after Hurricane Harvey? Excessive temperature is and was the culprit in that explosion. Lack of sufficient cooling ability which would be the same exact condition that would be present 'if' this chemical plant is to be placed at it's present location.
And @THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME: I too wonder 'how this city administrative group is responsible for allowing a 'KDEC' group to administer tax cuts, can alter what this city administrative group can effectuate what the city plans for street, water, sewer, can be administered to 'a new company that they want to locate to the city of Killeen'. How can they do it 'without prior authorization from the city council'. It is my understanding that our mayor, nor our city manager does not have the authority to authorize such undertakings, so how has this come to pass????

And I agree, 'who gave the instruction to allow this KDEC group to handle such activities, apparently in secret, that the 'rest of the city council members were not told'.

My suggestion is 'adjacent to the new Police Department Building and place a moratorium on completing any additional structures within a mile of these structures'.

In this second article, it is noted that, and I copy: 'Residents’ concerns rose after a Houston-area chemical plant caught on fire after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey engulfed the plant’s two generators.' End of copy.

Wasn't it noted that this was a floodplain????

Wasn't there an alternate method of supplying electrical power to that site????

And wasn't there an alternate plan for reducing the stockpile, IE: the feed stock of the source of the explosive material such as a flare to be used in just such an emergency????

These are the typical questions that I would be asking.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

Pharon Enochs

The following comments are indeed the opinions of Pharon Enochs. I have a few suggestions for those who choose to attend the forum. I would suggest you wear boots because I would expect there will be bull dung at the forum. Next I would suggest you shy away from the kool aid. Finally I would suggest you look for folks wearing rose colored glasses who may be selling snake oil. Do not expect too much because I would expect like most other functions in the city being transparent is not a strong suit unless it is being held behind closed doors with only select people invited even then there may be a lot of "I'll get back to you on that. " I expect after the forum everything will forgotten and it will be we have another business in town and a lot of back slapping and high fives and the people of this town need to be thankful about a few more jobs. Those are my opinions and I sticking to them. God bless America, President Trump and John Wayne wherever he may be.

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