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New Questions Arise About Chemicals In Waxahachie Plant Fire

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WAXAHACHIE (CBS 11 NEWS) - Newly released records show last year, Magnablend stored 22 chemicals at its central plant that burned to the ground Monday.

They include citric acid, manganese, and a host of others you probably wouldn’t recognize.

All are considered potentially dangerous.

Six are considered flammable.  (Click here to view a photo gallery of the fire.)

Records also show in March of this year, Magnablend complied with regulations by sending the city, county, and state this list of chemicals.

The city’s fire chief, David Hudgins, says the documents help them plan for emergencies.  “That lets us know that a facility that may not look like it on the outside has something that could be dangerous or hazardous on the inside,” he said.

Federal law says if companies bring in any new chemicals that aren’t already on the required list, they have 60 days to update the records and report it to the city, county, and state.

Both the state and the fire chief say they haven’t received any updates from the company.

The chief says he and investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will check if any chemicals involved in the fire went unreported.

“It depends on the chemical and the quantity they’re using out there — whether it’s reportable or not,” the chief said.  “And until I check that out, I can’t comment on that, whether it should be on that list or not.”

A Magnablend spokesman wouldn’t say what chemicals were involved in the fire or if they needed to be reported.

On Thursday, CEO Scott Pendery said his company started mixing small amounts of chemicals in August to make a wastewater product.

But when they began mixing a larger amount Monday, Pendery said it produced more steam than expected, and possibly hydrogen – which is highly flammable.

Pendery said, “This was a unique product. Some of the ingredients were specific to that product.”

Pendery insists Magnablend has complied with all federal and state regulations.

The Environmental Protection Agency agrees.

A spokeswoman with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says her agency is still reviewing the company’s paperwork.

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