Media Release #29

HOUSTON – The 2nd 80’s Fire Response Unified Command continues cleanup operations today and reports that nine of 15 tanks are secured.

Public Health & Safety

The response team continues to see brief, periodic fluctuations in benzene readings within a two-mile radius of the immediate vicinity around the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) Deer Park incident site. As of 5:45 p.m., no residential areas have been affected.

Governmental and ITC teams are deployed in and around Deer Park to monitor and quickly report any potential elevation; however, all readings have been below any actionable levels.

Crews continue to monitor air quality by land and air to report any elevated volatile organic compounds (VOC) around the industrial area near the incident site.

There continues to be a low health risk for the general public, according to the Harris County Public Health Department (HCPHD). Those who live in close proximity to the chemical terminal who may have greater sensitivity to the changes in the environment related to the fire (children, elderly, or those with certain chronic health conditions or immunosuppressed) may be more susceptible.

HCPHD recommends that those who have health concerns contact their healthcare provider or if more serious, call 911. If you do not have a healthcare provider, the Harris Health System’s “Ask My Nurse” helpline (713-634-1110) remains open to help answer heath questions. To find a healthcare provider close to you, visit: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/?display=map&zip= .

 

Operational Update

To date, the primary goal has been to secure the tanks involved in the tank farm fire. As progress is made on that effort, cleanup crews will turn their attention to simultaneously cleaning the residual product and firefighting foam from the nine secured tanks. This process will start with tanks 80-9 and 80-12 and is scheduled to begin in the next 24 hours.

As of 7 a.m., March 29, a total of 40,385 barrels (nearly 1.7 million gallons) of product mixed with water and firefighting foam have been removed from the tank farm. Crews are currently working to remove product from tank 80-11. Once complete, crews will begin securing tanks 80-5 and 80-6.

In total, 51,089 barrels (2.1 billion gallons) of oily water mix have been removed from the waterways.

 

Environmental Impact

Unified Command conducted an overflight at 11 a.m. on March 30, 2019, to observe areas impacted by the ITC fire and reported the impacted locations remain the same. They are: the Battleship Texas area, the Burnett Bay oyster beds, Carpenters Bayou, Crystal Bay Marsh, Old River, Patrick Bayou, Santa Anna Bayou and marsh, the western shore of the mouth of the San Jacinto River, Tucker Bayou, and the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) docks.

More than 100,000 feet of containment boom remain deployed in the waters of the impacted areas and have been effective in keeping product from spreading into new areas as well as from entering Santa Anna Marsh. To view a map showing the extent and location of containment boom placement as well as drone footage, visit: https://itcresponse.com/.

Wildlife observers confirmed an additional deceased fish as a result of the incident. Eleven birds have been found and are being rehabilitated. In total, the confirmed wildlife deaths now are two red-eared slider turtles, seven birds and nine fish.

 

Community Impact

Residents and businesses impacted by the ITC fire may still submit claims. Forms are available for download at: www.ITCclaims.com.

Once completed, forms can be emailed to Incident31719@itcclaims.com or sent by postal mail to:

ITC Claim
March 17, 2019 Incident
PO Box 698
Deer Park, Texas  77536

A claims phone hotline is also available at: 346-263-9766. The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information on the cleanup effort as it becomes available, visit www.itcresponse.com or follow us on twitter at @CaresITC.

 

For more information contact:

Joint Information Center: 832-780-6739
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
inquiries@itcresponse.com
ITCCares@iterm.com

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