News Release #34 – Sunday Morning Update

Port Arthur, Texas – There have been no significant changes to response efforts. Unified Command, including TCEQ, TPC Group and Jefferson County Office of Emergency Response, continue to focus on activities to secure site equipment and minimize impact to environment, while preserving the safety of emergency responders and the community.

Air and water monitoring is ongoing and continues to confirm no health impact to air or water quality in the community.

 Public Information Update:

Unified Command will continue to post updates and information online at these pages:

On the web: www.portnechesresponse.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortNechesUC

Twitter: @PortNechesUC

U.S. EPA: www.response.epa.gov/south4groupfire

TCEQ: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/tpc-incident

News Release #33 Saturday Evening Update

Port Arthur, Texas – Response efforts continue to focus on activities to secure site equipment and minimize impact to the environment, while preserving the safety of emergency responders and the community.

As the threat of further off-site impact from the incident has been significantly reduced and the focus is stabilizing the on-site equipment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency transitioned response and cleanup oversight to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Friday, December 13, 2019.

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management, TCEQ and TPC Group continue to operate as Unified Command and communicate with EPA.

Air monitoring samples continue to confirm no actionable levels of butadiene in the community. Additionally, there has been no impact to drinking water quality due to the Port Neches event.

With oversight by TCEQ, TPC Group continues to conduct air monitoring, air sampling and surface water sampling activities in the community.  Any reduction in the air monitoring/sampling activities would require TCEQ State on Scene Command approval.

Traffic Update: Traffic updates will continue to be provided as available. Click for a map of street closures. The latest traffic information follows:

Open – Grigsby Avenue at Spur 136

Closed – Portions of Spur 136 near TPC Port Neches Operations remain closed, including:

  • Intersection of Spur 136 at Highway 366
  • Spur 136 to Highway 366 in front of TPC Port Neches Operations
  • Highway 366 between Spur 136 & Park Street

 Public Information Update:

Unified Command will continue to post updates and information online at these pages:

On the web: www.portnechesresponse.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortNechesUC

Twitter: @PortNechesUC

U.S. EPA: www.response.epa.gov/south4groupfire

TCEQ: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/tpc-incident

News Release #32 – Saturday Update

Port Arthur, Texas – Response efforts continue to focus on activities to secure site equipment and minimize impact to the environment, while preserving the safety of emergency responders and the community.

As the threat of further off-site impact from the incident has been significantly reduced and the focus is stabilizing the on-site equipment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency transitioned response and cleanup oversight to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Friday, December 13, 2019.

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management, TCEQ and TPC Group continue to operate as Unified Command and communicate with EPA.

Air monitoring samples continue to confirm no actionable levels of butadiene in the community. Additionally, there has been no impact to drinking water quality due to the Port Neches event.

With oversight by TCEQ, TPC Group continues to conduct air monitoring, air sampling and surface water sampling activities in the community.  Any reduction in the air monitoring/sampling activities would require TCEQ State on Scene Command approval.

Traffic Update: Traffic updates will continue to be provided as available. Click for a map of street closures. The latest traffic information follows:

Open – Grigsby Avenue at Spur 136

Closed – Portions of Spur 136 near TPC Port Neches Operations remain closed, including:

  • Intersection of Spur 136 at Highway 366
  • Spur 136 to Highway 366 in front of TPC Port Neches Operations
  • Highway 366 between Spur 136 & Park Street

 Public Information Update:

Unified Command will continue to post updates and information online at these pages:

On the web: www.portnechesresponse.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortNechesUC

Twitter: @PortNechesUC

U.S. EPA: www.response.epa.gov/south4groupfire

TCEQ: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/tpc-incident

News Release #31 – EPA to Transition Response Oversight to TCEQ

Port Arthur, Texas – Response efforts continue to focus on activities to secure site equipment and minimize impact to the environment, while preserving the safety of emergency responders and the community.

As the threat of further off-site impact from the incident has been significantly reduced and the focus is stabilizing the on-site equipment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is transitioning response and cleanup oversight to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality effective Friday, December 13, 2019.

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management, TCEQ and TPC Group will continue to operate as Unified Command and communicate with EPA.

Sustained air monitoring samples confirmed no actionable levels of butadiene in the community. Additionally, there has been no impact to drinking water quality due to the Port Neches event.

With oversight by TCEQ, TPC Group continues to conduct air monitoring, air sampling and surface water sampling activities in the community.  Any reduction in the air monitoring/sampling activities would require TCEQ State on Scene Command approval.

 Traffic Update: Traffic updates will continue to be provided as available. Click for a map of street closures. The latest traffic information follows:

Open – Grigsby Avenue at Spur 136

Closed – Portions of Spur 136 near TPC Port Neches Operations remain closed, including:

  • Intersection of Spur 136 at Highway 366
  • Spur 136 to Highway 366 in front of TPC Port Neches Operations
  • Highway 366 between Spur 136 & Park Street

 Public Information Update: Unified Command has migrated to a new Facebook page. Community members are encouraged to follow the page for updates at http://facebook.com/portnechesuc.

Updates and information will continue to be posted:

On the web: www.portnechesresponse.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortNechesUC

Twitter: @PortNechesUC

U.S. EPA: www.response.epa.gov/south4groupfire

TCEQ: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/tpc-incident

 

 

A Courtesy Notification on Behalf of Air Liquide

Air Liquide is committed to operating responsibly in the communities it serves.  As we continue recovery efforts, there will be periods of elevated noise levels during the start-up and recommissioning of our facilities.

Air Liquide wanted to notify both the community and industry in advance that there will be elevated noise starting tonight 12/13 at 6 PM through noon on 12/14.  In addition, there will be elevated noise levels starting the afternoon of 12/16 for 7-10 days. We appreciate your patience as we work diligently to return the site to normal operation.

News Release #30 – Friday Morning Update

Port Arthur, Texas – Unified Command reports ongoing response efforts at TPC Group Port Neches Operations remain focused on safely bringing the event to an end.

Situational update: Response efforts continue to focus on activities to secure site equipment and minimize impact to the environment, while preserving the safety of emergency responders and the community.

The small fires in the impacted area of the site, identified by Unified Command on December 6 continue to be contained and have not increased in intensity since their discovery. Response teams continue to monitor and assess.

TPC Group completed phase one of the injection of DEHA (Diethylhydroxylamine) to high priority tanks containing butadiene. DEHA injection for the second phase of tanks is planned to begin in the coming days. No off-site impacts or public health concerns are anticipated as part of the DEHA process. All storage tanks are being evaluated for mechanical integrity and prioritized for safe transfer of all materials from the site.

Air Monitoring update: Continuous air monitoring readings at the site and in the community remain below actionable levels. Real-time air quality data continues to be provided to Unified Command.

As response efforts at Port Neches Operations remain stable, experts continue to evaluate monitoring data, and anticipate the monitoring area will be gradually reduced and the quantity of stationary and roaming air readings will decrease. Occasional elevated air measurements may continue to register as response teams secure the site.

Water monitoring update: Unified Command has closely monitored water quality around TPC Group Port Neches Operations since the event and has detected no impact to drinking water supply.

Traffic Update: Traffic updates will continue to be provided as available. Click for a map of street closures. The latest traffic information follows:

Open – Grigsby Avenue at Spur 136

Closed – Portions of Spur 136 near TPC Port Neches Operations remain closed, including:

  • Intersection of Spur 136 at Highway 366
  • Spur 136 to Highway 366 in front of TPC Port Neches Operations
  • Highway 366 between Spur 136 & Park Street

 Public Information Update: Unified Command has migrated to a new Facebook page. Community members are encouraged to follow the page for updates at http://facebook.com/portnechesuc.

 

Updates and information will continue to be posted:

On the web: www.portnechesresponse.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortNechesUC

Twitter: @PortNechesUC

U.S. EPA: www.response.epa.gov/south4groupfire

TCEQ: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/tpc-incident

 

 

News Release #29 – Thursday Evening Update

Port Arthur, Texas – Unified Command reports ongoing response efforts at TPC Group Port Neches Operations remain focused on safely bringing the event to an end.

Situational update: There have been no significant changes to the update since News Release #28. Response efforts continue to focus on activities to secure site equipment and minimize impact to the environment, while preserving the safety of emergency responders and the community.

The small fires in the impacted area of the site, identified by Unified Command on December 6 continue to be contained and have not increased in intensity since their discovery. Response teams continue to monitor and assess.

TPC Group continues to introduce DEHA (Diethylhydroxylamine) to storage tanks containing butadiene to stabilize the materials for longer-term storage, transportation, and removal from the site. DEHA injection for the high priority storage tanks containing butadiene is expected to be completed by Friday, December 13. Once this phase of tanks is complete, injection of inhibitor will continue into additional tanks on site to further stabilize materials inside, beginning the second phase of this effort. No off-site impacts or public health concerns are anticipated as part of the DEHA process.

Air Monitoring update: 24-hour air monitoring continues at the site and in the community. Monitors are providing real-time air quality data to Unified Command.

Water monitoring update: Water quality around TPC Group Port Neches Operations is being closely monitored, and has been since the event. CTEH, environmental response experts contracted by TPC Group, continue to take water samples in the community and compare the results against health-protective state and federal screening criteria.

 Traffic Update: Traffic updates will continue to be provided as available. Click for a map of street closures. The latest traffic information follows:

Open – Grigsby Avenue at Spur 136

Closed – Portions of Spur 136 near TPC Port Neches Operations remain closed, including:

  • Intersection of Spur 136 at Highway 366
  • Spur 136 to Highway 366 in front of TPC Port Neches Operations
  • Highway 366 between Spur 136 & Park Street

 Public Information Update: Unified Command has migrated to a new Facebook page. Community members are encouraged to follow the page for updates at http://facebook.com/portnechesuc.

Updates and information will continue to be posted:

On the web: www.portnechesresponse.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortNechesUC

Twitter: @PortNechesUC

U.S. EPA: www.response.epa.gov/south4groupfire

TCEQ: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/tpc-incident

 

News Release # 28-Thursday Morning Update

Port Arthur, Texas – Unified Command reports ongoing response efforts at TPC Group Port Neches Operations remain focused on safely bringing the event to an end.

Situational update: Response efforts continue to focus on activities to secure site equipment and minimize impact to the environment, while preserving the safety of emergency responders and the community.

On Monday (December 9), TPC Group began introducing DEHA (Diethylhydroxylamine) to storage tanks containing butadiene to stabilize the materials for longer-term storage, transportation, and removal from the site. DEHA injection for the high priority storage tanks containing butadiene is expected to be completed by Friday, December 13. All tanks containing materials are being evaluated and identified for inhibitor introduction, therefore additional tanks may need to receive DEHA. No off-site impacts or public health concerns are anticipated as part of the DEHA process.

Plans are underway to safely transfer all remaining materials from the site, based on mechanical integrity inspections of tanks. All tanks containing materials are being evaluated and prioritized for transfer. Options to safely transport materials from the site are being assessed.

On December 6, Unified Command identified small fires in the impacted area on site. These small residual fires are contained and have not increased in intensity since their discovery. Response teams continue to monitor and assess.

Air Monitoring update: In the last 24 hours, 3,474 air samples were collected. Only one air sample reading taken at the corner of FM 366 and Spur 136 near the fence line of the work site, showed an elevated butadiene level of 1.28 ppm. This reading was sustained for ten minutes, but quickly dissipated. The intersection of FM 366 and Spur 136, near TPC Group Port Neches Operations, has been closed since November 27. Unified Command, comprised of federal, state, local agencies and TPC Group, remains diligent in efforts to monitor air quality. Monitors are providing real-time air quality data to Unified Command.

As response efforts at Port Neches Operations remain stable, experts continue to evaluate monitoring data, and anticipate the monitoring area will be reduced and the quantity of stationary and roaming air readings will decrease. Occasional elevated air measurements may continue to register as response teams secure the site.

Monitoring update: Water quality around TPC Group Port Neches Operations is being closely monitored, and has been since the event. CTEH, environmental response experts contracted by TPC Group, continue to take water samples in the community and compare the results against health-protective state and federal screening criteria. Additionally, water monitoring by environmental experts from TCEQ, EPA and CTEH has confirmed no impact to the Neches River resulting from the event.

Traffic Update: Traffic updates will continue to be provided as available. Click for a map of street closures. The latest traffic information follows:

Open – Grigsby Avenue at Spur 136

Closed – Portions of Spur 136 near TPC Port Neches Operations remain closed, including:

  • Intersection of Spur 136 at Highway 366
  • Spur 136 to Highway 366 in front of TPC Port Neches Operations
  • Highway 366 between Spur 136 & Park Street

Public Information Update: Unified Command has migrated to a new Facebook page. Community members are encouraged to follow the page for updates at http://facebook.com/portnechesuc.

Updates and information will continue to be posted:

On the web: www.portnechesresponse.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortNechesUC

Twitter: @PortNechesUC

U.S. EPA: www.response.epa.gov/south4groupfire

TCEQ: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/tpc-incident

News Release # 27-Wednesday Evening Update

Port Arthur, Texas – Unified Command reports ongoing response efforts at TPC Group Port Neches Operations remain focused on safely bringing the event to an end.

Situational update: There have been no significant changes in the response efforts since Update #26. Response efforts continue to focus on activities to secure site equipment and minimize impact to the environment, while preserving the safety of emergency responders.

On Monday (December 9), TPC Group began introducing DEHA (Diethylhydroxylamine) to storage tanks containing butadiene to stabilize the materials for longer-term storage, transportation, and removal from the site. TPC Group is introducing DEHA into 11 storage tanks containing butadiene using portable equipment. This is a phased process. All tanks containing materials are being evaluated and identified for inhibitor introduction, therefore the number of tanks receiving DEHA may change. No off-site impacts or public health concerns are anticipated as part of the DEHA process.

Plans are underway to safely transfer all remaining materials from the site, based on mechanical integrity inspections of tanks. All tanks containing materials are being evaluated and prioritized for transfer. Options to safely transport materials from the site are being assessed.

Friday morning (December 6), Unified Command identified small fires in the impacted area on site. These small residual fires were anticipated and are being contained. Response teams continue to monitor and assess.

Air Monitoring update: Air monitoring readings remain below actionable levels in the community. Unified Command, comprised of federal, state, local agencies and TPC Group, remains diligent in efforts to monitor air quality. Monitors are providing real-time air quality data to Unified Command.

As response efforts at Port Neches Operations remain stable, experts continue to evaluate monitoring data, and anticipate the monitoring area will be reduced and the quantity of stationary and roaming air readings will decrease. Occasional elevated air measurements may continue to register as response teams secure the site.

 Water monitoring update: Water quality around TPC Group Port Neches Operations is being closely monitored, and has been since the event. Water quality remains normal. Water monitoring by environmental experts from TCEQ, EPA and CTEH has confirmed no visible impact to the Neches River resulting from the event. Barriers have been put in place in the vicinity of the event to assure waterways are not impacted. Texas Parks and Wildlife has reported a moderate impact of unknown cause to fish in the Wastewater Canal.

 Traffic Update: Traffic updates will continue to be provided as available. Click for a map of street closures. The latest traffic information follows.

Open – Grigsby Avenue at Spur 136

Closed – Portions of Spur 136 near TPC Port Neches Operations remain closed, including:

  • Intersection of Spur 136 at Highway 366
  • Spur 136 to Highway 366 in front of TPC Port Neches Operations
  • Highway 366 between Spur 136 & Park Street

 Public Information Update: Unified Command has migrated to a new Facebook page. Community members are encouraged to follow the page for updates at http://facebook.com/portnechesuc.

Updates and information will continue to be posted:

On the web: www.portnechesresponse.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortNechesUC

Twitter: @PortNechesUC

U.S. EPA: www.response.epa.gov/south4groupfire

TCEQ: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/tpc-incident

News Release # 26-Wednesday Update

Port Arthur, Texas – Unified Command reports ongoing response efforts at TPC Group Port Neches Operations remain focused on safely bringing the event to an end.

Situational update: There have been no significant changes in the response efforts since Update #25. Response efforts continue to focus on activities to secure site equipment and minimize impact to the environment, while preserving the safety of emergency responders.

On Monday (December 9), TPC Group began introducing DEHA (Diethylhydroxylamine) to storage tanks containing butadiene to stabilize the materials for longer-term storage, transportation, and removal from the site. TPC Group is introducing DEHA into 11 storage tanks containing butadiene using portable equipment. This is a phased process. All tanks containing materials are being evaluated and identified for inhibitor introduction, therefore the number of tanks receiving DEHA may change. No off-site impacts or public health concerns are anticipated as part of the DEHA process.

Plans are underway to safely transfer all remaining materials from the site, based on mechanical integrity inspections of tanks. All tanks containing materials are being evaluated and prioritized for transfer. Options to safely transport materials from the site are being assessed.

Friday morning (December 6), Unified Command identified small fires in the impacted area on site. These small residual fires were anticipated and are being contained. Response teams continue to monitor and assess.

Air Monitoring update: Air monitoring readings remain below actionable levels in the community. Unified Command, comprised of federal, state, local agencies and TPC Group, remains diligent in efforts to monitor air quality. Monitors are providing real-time air quality data to Unified Command. In the last 24-hours, experts have collected 6,187 air monitoring readings in the community using stationary and roaming air monitors, all of which are below actionable levels.

As response efforts at Port Neches Operations remain stable, experts continue to evaluate monitoring data, and anticipate the monitoring area will be reduced and the quantity of stationary and roaming air readings will decrease. Occasional elevated air measurements may continue to register as response teams secure the site.

Traffic Update: Traffic updates will continue to be provided, as available. Click for a map of street closures. The latest traffic information follows.

Open – Grigsby Avenue at Spur 136

Closed – Portions of Spur 136 near TPC Port Neches Operations remain closed, including:

  • Intersection of Spur 136 at Highway 366
  • Spur 136 to Highway 366 in front of TPC Port Neches Operations
  • Highway 366 between Spur 136 & Park Street

Public Information Update: Unified Command has migrated to a new Facebook page. Community members are encouraged to follow the page for updates at http://facebook.com/portnechesuc.

Updates and information will continue to be posted:

On the web: www.portnechesresponse.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortNechesUC

Twitter: @PortNechesUC

U.S. EPA: www.response.epa.gov/south4groupfire

TCEQ: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/tpc-incident