Latest Air quality News

Residents fret about chemical plant fire, despite assurances

Mar. 21, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Kristin Crump and her two kids put damp cloths over their mouths on Thursday for the short walk from their suburban Houston front door to their car, defying an order to remain inside because of dangerous fumes coming from burned-out petrochemical tanks a couple of miles away. For the second...

The Latest: Classes canceled at more schools near tank fires

Mar. 21, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a fire that had been burning at a Texas petrochemical storage facility (all times local): 10 p.m. Two more Houston-area school districts near a burning petrochemical tank farm have called off classes. The Galena Park and Sheldon school districts joined the Deer Park and La...

Benzene warning lifted near Houston-area petrochemical plant

Mar. 21, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

Residents near a petrochemical storage terminal in the Houston suburb of Deer Park were warned to shelter in place for several hours on Thursday after elevated levels of benzene were detected in the air. The warning was lifted around noon after air-quality readings improved, but health officials said air...

Cleanup underway after fire at Texas petrochemicals facility

Mar. 20, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Crews on Wednesday extinguished a fire that had burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility and led to concerns about air quality among some residents and environmental groups despite reassurances from officials that testing shows nothing amiss. Intercontinental...

The Latest: Fire at Texas storage facility briefly flares up

Mar. 20, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a fire that had been burning at a Texas petrochemical storage facility (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Officials say a fire that was extinguished after burning for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility briefly flared up. The blaze in Deer Park had been...

US judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate change

Mar. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge blocked oil and gas drilling across almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) in Wyoming and said the U.S. government must consider climate change impacts more broadly as it leases huge swaths of public land for energy exploration. The order marks the latest in a string...

Officials: Air is safe near Houston-area petrochemical fire

Mar. 19, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

Houston authorities on Tuesday assured residents that there were no measureable air-quality problems from a petrochemical storage terminal fire despite a huge black plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. The fire began Sunday at the International Terminals Co. in the suburb of Deer Park, southeast of...

No timetable for end to fire at Texas chemical facility

Mar. 19, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials said Tuesday that they're not sure when a fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility will burn itself out, but they are confident that the air quality is safe, despite the huge plume of smoke coming from the blaze. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said at a news...

The Latest: 137,000 gallons of foam used to battle fire

Mar. 19, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on fire burning at a Texas petrochemical facility (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Officials say fire crews have used 137,000 gallons of foam to fight a fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility where a large blaze is burning eight storage tanks filled with gasoline...

Long resistant metro-Atlanta county votes on mass transit

Mar. 19, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Approval of a contract with Atlanta's public transportation provider that could bring a significant expansion of transit options is on the ballot in one north-metro county. Gwinnett County's referendum Tuesday asks if voters want to authorize a contract with MARTA and impose a 1 percent...