City of Deer Park update
Mayor Jerry Mouton participated in a joint press conference Tuesday afternoon with Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) to provide an update on the response to the fire at ITC Deer Park.
According to an update from ITC provided late Tuesday afternoon, four tanks of the 15 in the affected portion of the ITC site are currently on fire. Alice Richardson, ITC Public Information Officer, indicated that first responders on scene have continued to work in close partnership to prevent the spread of the fire and thanked all involved agencies for their support.
“We continue to fight the fire with foam and water, and to bring in the resources needed to get the job done,” said Richardson. “Our specialty firefighting team from Louisiana is here and in place, and we will continue to bring in the resources required to get the job done.”
The graphic below illustrates the location and number of each of the 15 tanks at the incident site. ITC representatives indicated that tanks 80-2, 80-3, 80-5 and 80-6, were on fire as of Tuesday afternoon, while tanks 80-1, 80-4, 80-7, 80-8, 80-9, 80-10, 80-11, 80-12, 80-13, 80-14 and 80-15 were not on fire.
Ray Russell - CIMA Specialist with Incident Command – indicated that firefighters battling the blaze have shifted from a defensive to an offensive approach.
“We have made an attack on tanks 80-8 and 80-7,” Russell said. “By tomorrow morning, will know a lot better how bad this situation is and how long it will last.”
Richardson addressed a comment made during an earlier press conference related to water pressure, admitting that ITC no longer believed an equipment malfunction was to blame for a loss in pressure overnight.
According to Nicholas Cook, Surface Water Treatment Plant Supervisor with the City of Deer Park, the loss of pressure was not caused by – and had no relation to – the municipal water system.
“The City water supply is not the supply being used to fight the fire, and the City water system has not had pressure issues during these events,” Cook said.
Monitoring air quality
The press conference centered on the multiple agencies conducting air monitoring in and around the incident, utilizing both fixed sites maintained by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and mobile air monitoring sites.
Mayor Mouton reiterated that – based on all of the information available – current air monitoring results are now and have consistently indicated that air quality is satisfactory and below levels that would represent a public health concern.
The group acknowledged the combined efforts of TCEQ, Harris County Pollution Control, third-party air monitoring entity Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, LLC (CTEH) and ITC to provide data and make it available to the public.
Visit www.deerparktx.gov/itcfire, a dedicated page on the City of Deer Park website with continuously updated information on the incident.