Chemical Facility Burning Near Houston Has Had Multiple Violations

Alan Scaia
March 19, 2019 - 9:00 am
Deer Park Chemical Plant Fire



HOUSTON (1080 KRLD) - The company running the facility near Houston where several chemical storage tanks are burning has a history of violations and lawsuits over the past 12 years.

The plant in Dee​r Park has been fined by both state and federal agencies.

Court documents show Harris County and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality sued Intercontinental Terminals Company twice for violations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act. In 2007, ITC agreed to a $51,750 settlement with the county but did not admit fault.

Harris County sued again two years later after ITC released 8,000 pounds of another chemical into the air and ground, arguing ITC had not followed an agreement reached in the 2007 lawsuit.

The company agreed to pay almost $104,000 in civil penalties in 2008. In 2011, ITC agreed to pay $90,000 more for a series of violations, including the release of 1,450 pounds of a chemical because investigators say a rail car was overloaded.

In July 2017, TCEQ fined ITC for releasing cyanide into the San Jacinto River Basin.

The Environmental Protection Agency has also fined ITC for failing to follow risk management regulations and failing to file regular monitoring reports.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says chemicals have been spilled in four separate incidents during rail transport by ITC since 2009.

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