Harris County Pollution Control Services Department

Harris County Public Health to Inspect Pool Systems at Hurricane Harbor Splashtown After Chemical Exposure, Park to Remain Closed

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) and the Harris County Fire Marshal (HCFMO) have issued close orders for Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, after approximately 60 individuals were exposed to high levels of chemicals in the water. In the interest of public health and safety, the County has ordered the park to close until it is deemed safe for reopening to the public. Some individuals requiring emergency medical attention were sent to local hospitals via ambulance […]

Harris County Attorney’s Office Obtained Important Environmental Concessions from Valero in Air Permit Challenge

After challenging Valero Refining-Texas, L.P.’s (Valero) air quality permit for a petroleum refinery in east Harris County, the Harris County Attorney’s Office (HCAO) and Harris County Pollution Control Services Department (HPCS) secured an agreement from Valero to: ·       decrease the refinery’s annual emissions of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) by 80%; ·       increase the number of the refinery’s emission tests per year; ·       provide $100,000 to community projects in the area surrounding the refinery; and ·       improve recordkeeping and accessibility of the […]