ITC Tank Fire: Toxic Disaster

FireTopThis page aims to bring information together on the toxic disaster due to a series of fires at the Intercontinental Terminals Company facility in Deer Park and adjoining communities of the greater Houston area the week of March 17th 2019, in solidarity and support of grassroots response and mobilization efforts. 

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HOUSTON RAPID RESPONSE COALITION IS COLLECTING FUNDS FOR MASKS AND RESPIRATION PROTECTION FOR RESIDENTS IN DEER PARK, PASADENA, AND ADJOINING AREAS! CLICK HERE FOR THEIR STATEMENT.

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TOWN HALLS ARE BEING PLANNED! STAY TUNED!

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NEWS

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FRIDAY March 22

Fire contained, TCEQ seeking legal action against ITC

ITC Fire RE-IGNITES at Deer Park ITC Facility

THURSDAY March 21

– FROM NBC NEWS: National Guard has been called in to help monitor air quality and residents ordered to stay inside. Environmental groups said residents who live near the facility have experienced various symptoms, including headaches, nausea and nose bleeds. According to the Centers for Disease Control, long-term exposure to the highly flammable chemical causes harmful effects on the blood, including bone marrow.

Bryan Parras, an organizer in Houston with the Sierra Club, said some residents who live near the facility have experienced various symptoms since the fire, including headaches, nausea and nose bleeds.

Parras said his environmental group had concerns not just about the air quality, but about potential impacts to the environment and the fishing industry if chemicals from the storage facility or foam used to fight the fire leaked into the Houston Ship Channel, which leads to the Gulf of Mexico.

“This issue isn’t over just because the fire is out. We want systems in place that will protect our communities,” Parras said.

REPORTING ADVERSE HEALTH IMPACTS AND AIR QUALITY CONCERNS

ONLINE

PHONE

  • Harris County Pollution Control: (713) 920-2831
  • National Response Center Hotline: 1-800-424-8802
  • Risk Management Plan Hotline: 1-800-424-9346
  • Environmental Justice Hotline: 1-800-962-6215

EMAIL

  • 311@houstontx.gov
  • EJHotline@epa.gov

SHELTER IN PLACE GUIDELINES from Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), where you will find lots of up-to-date relevant news and information around this disaster and many other environmental justice issues in and around Houston.