Air Quality Monitoring
From Peter Martin in the Office of Emergency Management:
The City of Pearland has been monitoring the fire at the Intercontinental Terminals in Deer Parks since it started on March 17, 2019. A variety of organizations have been actively conducting air monitoring since the incident began. The smoke plume remained well north of Pearland until the fire was extinguished and air monitoring showed no indications of any degradation of air quality in Pearland.
In the early morning hours of March 21, 2019 air monitoring detected levels of benzene in a localized area of Deer Park, which subsequently triggered a shelter-in-place order for citizens in Deer Park, based on conservative air quality standards intended to ensure public safety. The City of Pearland continues to monitor this situation for any indications that air quality in Pearland might be affected. At present the City has not received any indications that air quality in Pearland has been adversely affected by this incident. If air monitoring indicates an adverse impact on air quality, City officials will promptly alert the public and provide appropriate guidance.
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has establish a website (www.readyharris.org/Deer-Park-Fire) which contains a wealth of public health information as well as air monitoring information.