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Texas: Deer Park Residents Shelter in Place After Chemical Fire

HeadlineMar 22, 2019

Back in the United States, residents of the city of Deer Park, outside Houston, Texas, were ordered to shelter in place Thursday due to dangerous levels of toxic benzene kicked up by a massive fire at a petrochemical plant. The fire began on Sunday and has since continued to spew acrid smoke across the region. A recently filed federal lawsuit charges the company behind the explosion—Intercontinental Terminals Company—illegally dumped more than a million gallons of hazardous waste into floodwaters during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 in an effort to save money.

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