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Public Safety News
City of Pasadena
News Release
Thursday, June 30, 2011

City offers information about soot residue from Sunday’s warehouse fire

The City of Pasadena has received inquires about soot deposited from the Global Plastics Company, Inc. warehouse fire that occurred on Sunday, June 26, in the 6200 block of Spencer Highway near Space Center Boulevard. The burning materials were monitored for carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (hydrocarbons) oxygen and hydrogen sulfide both during and after the event by City of Pasadena and Harris County emergency responders. That testing disclosed all emissions were within accepted public safety limits for the tested materials.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Harris County Pollution Control are providing additional testing and guidance on the emissions, and will offer information on the safest and most effective method for resident removal of the residue.

The residue is prone to remain on items or leave a deposit when cleaned. Should individuals wish to remove the residue, environmental remediation standards generally suggest using a mild detergent (such as Dawn) and water for most surfaces, or a car wash for those items that can be moved through one safely. If the environmental agencies cited above identify additional recommendations, the City will pass them along through public communications channels.

Residents have also asked about cleanup of property, or damage from the deposits. The City of Pasadena reminds those affected that subsequent cleanup is the responsibility of the Global Plastics Company, Inc. as it is the direct result of an event on their private property. The contact number for those who wish to pursue a direct inquiry with the company is 832-527-2647.

The City of Pasadena will continue to work with the responsible agencies to monitor the situation and provide residents with additional information as it becomes available.




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