Environment & Energy Report

Texas Chemical Plant Blast Exposes Area to Toxic Pollution

Nov. 29, 2019, 3:15 PM

The explosion that left a Texas chemical plant burning and triggered the evacuation of surrounding neighborhoods is now exposing the area to toxic air pollution.

Elevated levels of volatile compounds from the TPC Group Inc. facility in Port Neches, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Houston, “can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, shortness of breath, headaches, and nausea,” the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said.

People look at smoke rise from a TPC Group chemical plant as a fire burns in Port Neches, Texas, on Nov. 27.
Photographer: Steven Song/Xinhua via Getty

Emergency response crews remain at the scene and air monitoring indicates “no human health concerns at this time,” Port Neches authorities said in an update Friday.

The blast followed a string...

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