'Unpleasant odor' in Galena Park blamed on LyondellBasell Houston Refinery

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GALENA PARK, Texas (KTRK) -- If you're reasoning the aerial has taken an antithetic crook successful the Galena Park area, you're not alone, and you're not wrong.

Harris County Pollution Control Services confirmed to ABC13 that they've received galore nonmigratory complaints and they're looking into it. At slightest 1 pistillate successful the country described the odor arsenic a operation of ail and bug spray.

Just aft 9:30 a.m. Friday, a connection posted to CAER (Community Awareness Emergency Response) announced the root of the odor arsenic the LyondellBasell Houston Refinery astatine 12000 Lawndale. Plant officials said they're moving to code the odor, and sought to wide the aerial connected immoderate imaginable wellness impact.

"While unpleasant, the odor does not airs immoderate harm to our workers oregon community, and determination is nary request for adjacent assemblage members to beryllium acrophobic oregon instrumentality immoderate action," the connection read. "We regret immoderate interest this odor whitethorn person caused."

Galena Park's politician posted the update to Facebook arsenic well.

On Friday afternoon, the LyondellBasell Houston Refinery issued the pursuing statement:

"At astir 5 p.m. connected Wednesday, July 14, 2021, our Houston Refinery located astatine 12000 Lawndale experienced a leak onto the extortion of 1 of the retention tanks owed to the dense rainfall events successful the area. This did not instantly effect successful an odor but during our cleanup efforts yesterday, July 15th, an odor became present.

The plant's incidental effect squad is moving to destruct the odor arsenic rapidly arsenic possible.

We recognize that the worldly is odorous and assemblage members whitethorn beryllium capable to observe a flimsy odor. Air monitoring demonstrated nary levels of interest for the community.

There were nary injuries. We reported the concern to the due authorities and national agencies and are inactive investigating the origin of the leak. We apologize for immoderate interest this whitethorn person caused.

As always, the wellness and information of our radical and the assemblage are our highest priorities."

Harris County Pollution Control Services besides issued a statement:

"PCS has identified chemicals of interest-carbon disulfide, dimethyl disulfide, methyl ethyl disulfide. Residents whitethorn acquisition irritation of the respiratory strategy and digestive system. Cause of odor has been capped and odor should dissipate by aboriginal this evening. Sensitive populations should bounds outdoor clip and usage look coverings."

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