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News: Shelter-in-place order lifted following chemical release at Lubrizol facility in Deer Park

Posted on Monday, August 16th, 2021 at 6:33 pm    

DEER PARK, TX – The La Porte Office of Emergency Management has lifted the shelter-in-place order that it issued on Sunday due to a chemical release at the Lubrizol Corporation’s Deer Park facility, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The chemical release was reported at 8:34 p.m. Sunday via the Community Awareness Emergency Response system. According to the report, a “rail car vapor release” led to an “odor incident.”

While hydrogen sulfide was originally believed to be the primary compound of interest, Harris County Pollution Control has since determined that this was not the case.

At 6:29 a.m. Monday, the Lubrizol Corporation made another post on the Emergency Response System stating that the “odor incident” had been downgraded to Level 2. They said that the “nuisance odors” caused by the incident might persist, but that they are working with local authorities to fix that.

They do not believe that the odor incident presents a health risk to area residents.

We will continue to follow this developing story, and will provide further updates as possible.

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