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TCEQ monitoring air quality because of smoldering silo at Port of Port Arthur

The German Pellets silo fire at the Port of Port Arthur is still smoldering nearly three days after the fire department was first called to the port and now the state's environmental agency is monitoring the air quality in that area.

Former city councilman John Beard Jr. provides photos from Tuesday morning showing the silo still burning and says there is still lots of smoke in the community.

City spokeswoman Risa Carpenter issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

The Port Arthur Fire Department continues to provide over-watch fire protection at the German Pellets terminal at the Port of Port Arthur. The silo is still smoldering, and no flames have been present since early Sunday morning.
Air quality levels are being monitored at the Port of Port Arthur near the German Pellets silos and throughout the community. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is supervising this activity. Air quality testing has shown no detectable changes in air quality, and the area will continue to be evaluated by TCEQ.
The PAFD will continue to provide support while working with German Pellets and our many responsive community partners.

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