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Harris County Hiring More Environmental Experts After Fires

Harris County plans to hire additional personnel after chemical plant and refinery fires near the Houston Ship Channel

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    Harris County Hiring More Environmental Experts After Fires
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    Firefighters battle a refinery fire at an ExxonMobil plant near Baytown, Texas, outside of Houston, July 31, 2019.

    Harris County plans to hire additional environmental personnel to better respond to dangerous chemical plant and refinery fires like ones that occurred this year near the Houston Ship Channel.

    The Houston Chronicle reports county commissioners Tuesday approved an $11.6 million plan for the 61 new hires and updated equipment for handling environmental emergencies.

    The fiery chemical-related accidents since March included a July 31 blaze at an Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown that left more than three dozen people with minor injuries.

    A Chronicle investigation found that staffing levels at three county departments have failed to keep pace with years of increased commercial activity along the ship channel.

    Officials say the new staff and equipment will support the offices of fire marshal, pollution control and public health.

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