When the companies responsible for toxic waste near the San Jacinto River installed a $9 million armored cap to contain the sludge in 2011, residents and advocates worried it would not be enough.
Now, those concerns have come to pass. A dive team earlier this month found a hole in the structure meant to contain the toxic waste at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Monday.
The hole measures about 20 feet long and 10 feet deep and is on the northwest portion of the site, according to Young, who learned of the damage Monday morning from the EPA's manager for the site. The EPA did not make the site manager available for interviews Monday.
According to Rock Owens, the lead attorney for the Harris County environmental interests, a hole of this suspected size would be significant. The damage, Owens added, is in a vulnerable area that could come into contact with the river.