Deer Park Fire


Harris County - ITC Incident Update

Harris County has ceased continuous air monitoring for the Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) Deer Park incident since no benzene level readings indicating a threat to public health have been found outside of the areas where public access has been blocked* since late March. This website is no longer being updated as of April 12, 2019. Harris County Commissioners Court has moved to explore a permanent approach to providing ongoing air monitoring information to the public, with an initial report expected back to Commissioners Court by May 24, 2019.

EPA and TCEQ are each still monitoring for benzene and other volatile organic compounds. Harris County is tracking the information collected on these agencies’ websites, which can be found here:
EPA: Click Here
TCEQ: Click Here

As a reminder, to report complaints regarding odor from the ITC incident or general air, water, or solid waste pollution complaints, please contact Harris County Pollution Control Services at (713) 920-2831.

* Public access has been blocked in the industrial complex and in the chemical spill area at Tucker’s Bayou.

Updated at 4/18/2019 10:00 AM


Archive of Air Quality Monitoring Data

This data was collected by multiple sources, including Harris County Pollution Control (HCPC), the Texas National Guard 6th Civil Support Team, Harris County and City of Houston Hazmat, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), EPA and independent contractors to test for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) using handheld monitors. Each data point reflects data collected at the time and location denoted.


Health Update

Our ambient air monitoring network routinely collects data from stationary monitors around the Houston area. However on March 18, in response to the ITC fire, we deployed two additional air monitoring stations strategically located in coordination with the unified command for the incident.

In addition, our environmental investigators have been conducting hand-held monitoring and using air monitoring vans in the area, and EPA’s ASPECT airplane and TAGA bus are providing air monitoring as well. We are posting monitoring results as we analyze the data.

Updated at 4/18/2019 10:00 AM

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ASL update on Deer Park Fire
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ASL update on air quality from Deer Park Fire
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Shelter-In-Place for Deer Park has been Lifted
- 3/21/19