Unified Command Provides New Resources, Updated Guidance for Questions Regarding Health Concerns

Federal, state and local agencies responding to Friday’s vessel incident in Bayport, Texas have updated resources available to the public for persons who may be concerned regarding potential health impacts from the incident.

Information from the U.S. Center for Disease Control regarding the potential health impacts of the product spilled in Friday’s collision between the tug Voyager and the 755-foot tanker Genesis River may be accessed at:

https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/toxsubstance.asp?toxid=83

The Texas Poison Control Center may be reached at 800-222-1222 and can also respond to citizen questions about exposure to chemicals.

Teams continue to aggressively assess air quality throughout communities near the incident site.  As of 12 p.m. Sunday, assessment teams have taken over 2700 readings with no findings above actionable levels.  Air monitoring reports remain available at www.bayport-response.com.  Reports of gasoline-like odors may be made to 281-757-3017.

Residents and others near the water are urged to avoid contact with water that may have been impacted by the gasoline blend stock product released from one of two barges struck by the tanker.  That guidance includes:

  • Avoiding all visible sheens on the water
  • Thoroughly washing any impacted skin with soap and water
  • Staying clear of containment boom on the water and against the shoreline