Pollution cleanup benchmarks
Missing the Mark
We examined the benchmarks for more than 80 pollutants in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Missississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas and at the federal level. We have found that Texas benchmarks are substantially weaker than those used in other nearby states. As a result, many sites that could be eligible for Superfund status in other states are not being remediated at all in Texas. Sites that do undergo cleanup in Texas may still be polluted at levels that would require more cleanup in other states.
Grand Prairie industrial site that leaked cancer-causing chemicals under homes gets Feds’ attention
Dallas Morning News: A Grand Prairie industrial site that leaked cancer-causing chemicals has been placed on the Superfund National Priorities List, which features some of the nation’s most polluted sites.
Report: Texas criteria for polluted site cleanup ‘significantly weaker’ than neighboring states
Texas Tribune: A report by TCE Fund says the standards Texas uses to determine how much — and whether — to clean up contaminated sites are ‘significantly weaker’ than those of neighboring states and the federal government.