The TPC Group wants to authorize a significant increase in carcinogenic butadiene emissions at its Houston Plant, located at 8600 Park Place, 77017, with three new air permit applications.
Thanks to the comments received from the community, the TCEQ has scheduled a public meeting on August 12 at 7:00 PM for residents to ask questions and learn more about the permit applications. We strongly encourage everyone to attend, especially if you live in close proximity to the facility.
(Please note: Those without internet access must call (512) 239-1201 at least one day prior to the meeting to register for the meeting and to obtain information for participating telephonically).
TPC Group’s Houston Plant marked in red on the map
Community members are encouraged to submit written comments anytime before or during the Aug. 12 public meeting electronically at https://www14.tceq.texas.gov/epic/eComment/ (Permit No. 19806) or by mail to the Office of the Chief Clerk, TCEQ, Mail Code MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087.
Additionally, residents who live near the facility are encouraged to file a contested case hearing request to have their concerns about this permit addressed in State administrative court. If you, on your own or with others as a group, would like to participate as a party in a contested case hearing, please get in touch with us at [email protected] regarding next steps.
Reminder: This is the same corporation whose facility in Port Neches in 2019 exploded, forcing 50,000 people to evacuate their homes and hospitalized three workers the day before Thanksgiving. The TPC Group is a frequent violator of federal environmental protections with a history of chemical fires and illegal releases of harmful air pollution. The company’s Houston facility is a major source of harmful pollutants such as Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) that contribute to ozone formation and it illegally released even more cancer-causing 1,3-butadiene in 2019 than the one in Port Neches that caught fire.
The top 10 emitters of butadiene in Texas in 2019, according to Environment Texas.
Read more about the issue from One Breath Partnership Houston:
Butadiene causes cancer. A corporation with a history of illegal pollution wants to release more of it in Houston.