Texas agency blames Imelda in mass release of air pollutants
HOUSTON (AP) - Texas records show flooding caused by Tropical Storm Imelda triggered the release of thousands of pounds of toxic air pollutants from chemical plants and refineries.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Imelda dumped about 43 inches (109 centimeters) of rain in the southeastern part of the state last week.
The air toxins were released due to electrical outages, floating roof tanks failures and equipment malfunctions.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says it is not yet concerned by any air emissions.
The agency says the largest polluter was Exxon Mobil in Beaumont, which released about 36,000 pounds (16,000 kilograms) of pollutants.
During Tropical Storm Harvey in 2017, companies in affected counties emitted about 8.3 million pounds (3.8 million kilograms) of unauthorized air pollution.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com
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