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Charges filed after fire at Texas petrochemical facility

HOUSTON — Prosecutors have filed water pollution charges against a company that owns a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility where a large fire caused chemicals to flow into a nearby waterway.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said Monday it filed five environmental criminal charges against Intercontinental Terminals Company.

Prosecutors allege following the March 17 fire, a dam at the facility broke, sending large quantities of toxic chemicals into nearby Tucker Bayou, which flows into Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

If convicted, ITC could be fined up to $100,000 for each charge.

ITC did not immediately reply to a call or email seeking comment on Monday.

The fire at the Deer Park facility, located southeast of Houston, burned for days and triggered air quality warnings.

Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press