Texas Chemical Plant to Pay $6.6M Over Injuries From 2019 Fire

April 9, 2024

Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC agreed to pay more than $6.6 million to federal and state natural resource trustees to resolve claims for natural resource damages resulting from a 2019 fire at ITC’s Deer Park terminal facility near Houston that released hazardous chemicals, according to the Justice Department.

The fire resulted in the release of hundreds of thousands of barrels-worth of petrochemical products and firefighting water and foam into Tucker Bayou and surrounding waterways, including the Houston Ship Channel.

A complaint filed concurrently with the proposed consent decree seeks money damages and costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Federal and state trustees determined that hazardous substances released from ITC’s facility caused injuries to ecological resources and services, including birds and marsh and riparian habitat areas. The hazardous chemicals released into air and water also resulted in lost recreational opportunities in the Deer Park area, including temporary closures of multiple state, county and city parks and the Lynchburg Ferry, as well as the cancelation of an annual historical reenactment at San Jacinto State Park, according to the Justice Department.

The settlement will be used to compensate the public for natural resource injuries, reimburse trustee agencies for the costs of assessment and fund the restoration planning and oversight process that will guide how restoration will be conducted.

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