Federal report suggests 'negligence' worsened ITC fire
The preliminary report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has found that the Intercontinental Terminals Company tank farm in Deer Park lacked a "remote emergency shutoff valve" and "an alarm to alert workers," reports the Houston Chronicle's Perla Trevizo.
Trevizo writes, "Rock Owens, assistant county attorney for environmental matters, said the CSB report confirms 'there was negligence on the part of the company'" that led to the dayslong fire, which created 20 million gallons of waste and closed the Ship Channel for three days.
As the Chemical Safety Board's investigation continues toward a final report expected this March, OSHA has already issued four citations that ITC violated safety standards and the State of Texas and Harris County have filed suit against ITC for violating the Texas Clean Air Act and the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act.
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