Energy & Environment

Deer Park Petrochemical Facility Fire Creates Millions Of Gallons Of Waste Water

Intercontinental Terminals Company must abide by a management plan that underscores how waste is sampled and identified, stored and discarded.

This March 18, 2019, file photo shows firefighters battling the petrochemical fire at a facility owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company  in Deer Park.

The cleanup of millions of gallons of waste and polluted water is far from over four months after a large fire burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemical storage site.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC), the facility’s owner, must abide by a 31-page management plan that underscores how waste is sampled and identified, stored and discarded.

The March 17 fire at the company’s Deer Park site, located southeast of Houston, triggered air quality warnings. More than 21 million gallons of potentially hazardous waste and contaminated water have since been collected from the tank farm and Houston Ship Channel.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office filed water pollution charges in April against ITC, alleging the fire caused chemicals to flow into a nearby waterway.

Investigators with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office have been working on a probe about the fire. They are tasked with finding out what caused the incident.

The investigation has included interviews with ITC personnel and review of records and documents about the facility.

In April, residents of Deer Park and other neighborhoods that surround the facility expressed concerns about the environmental effects of the incident.

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