clean up toxic waste sites in floodplains NOW!
The Houston region is covered with hundreds of toxic sites known as Superfund sites, brownfield sites, and others that are often hazardous waste dumps, chemical storage sites, and industrial facilities. These sites have been abandoned or shut down and are no longer in use, although contamination from the sites’ previous use is still present and often contains toxic chemicals that are known to cause health problems–including carcinogens like benzene, toluene and dioxin. When it floods, pollution from these sites can spread, contaminating waterways even depositing chemicals into neighborhoods and homes. We need our elected officials to take action now to get these sites cleaned up before the next flood occurs.
tell state officials: step up Texas cleanup standards!
Unfortunately, our current state pollution cleanup standards are incredibly weak — even after Texas officials declare a site “fully remediated,” it could still be as polluted as a Superfund site in another state. Tell state officials that we want protections just as strong as the national standards, because Texas deserves nothing less!