Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is coming after Houston-based TPC Group over environmental violations associated with a November 27, 2019 explosion at the company’s Port Neches facility, according to an article from The Texas Tribune. The blast over Thanksgiving week reportedly resulted in widespread evacuations.
According to the article, the suit was filed on behalf of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and covers multiple violations of clean air laws as well as water violations. The suit was filed after initial staff-recommended penalties by were deemed not strong enough by the agency’s three appointed commissioners. The Port Neches explosion was the latest in a string of industrial incidents on the upper Texas Gulf Coast.
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