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.
Clean up of San Jacinto Waste Pits moving forward
Houston Chronicle: A plan for designing the cleanup of the San Jacinto Waste Pits has been agreed upon by the Environmental Protection Agency and the companies responsible for the contamination.
Hurricane Harvey’s toxic impact deeper than public told
Associated Press: More than a half-year after floodwaters swamped America’s fourth-largest city, the extent of this environmental assault is beginning to surface, while questions about the long-term consequences for human health remain unanswered.
Waste pits activist meets with environmental head in D.C.
Baytown Sun: Environmental activist Jacquelyn Young continues to advocate for the cleanup of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, this time taking the fight to Washington, D.C.
Health concerns swirl in Texas months after floods from Harvey spread toxic waste
PBC NewsHour: Three months after Hurricane Harvey struck the shores of Texas, some local environmental groups say they are in the dark about the safety of federal Superfund sites damaged during the storm.
Environmentalists protest EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s planned speech in The Woodlands
Houston Chronicle: About a dozen advocates called on U.S. EPA chief Scott Pruitt to take a “Toxic Tour” of contaminated areas in Houston during his visit Thursday for a planned speech at an oil and gas meeting in The Woodlands.
EPA Orders Cleanup at Texas Toxic Site Flooded by Harvey
Chicago Tribune: Trump administration orders two big corporations to pay for a $115 million cleanup at a Texas toxic waste site that may have spread dangerous levels of pollution during the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
Houston Superfund site leaked toxic chemicals after Harvey: EPA
ABC News Houston: New test results found very high levels of chemicals called dioxins around the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site in Channelview. Thursday’s testing results released by EPA found levels at 70,000 nanograms per kilogram, more than 2,000 times the recommended level of 30 ng/kg.