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Texas National Guard Called In, Residents Told To Shelter In Place After Elevated Levels Of Benzene

A plume of smoke rises from a petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company on Monday, March 18, 2019, in Deer Park, Texas. (David J. Phillip/AP)
A plume of smoke rises from a petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company on Monday, March 18, 2019, in Deer Park, Texas. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Residents of Deer Park, Texas, were told to shelter in place Thursday morning after elevated levels of benzene were detected following a huge chemical storage facility fire this week. On Wednesday, state environmental officials said that benzene levels didn’t pose a health concern. Houston Public Media’s energy and environment reporter Travis Bubenik ( @travisbubenik) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to review the latest news.

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