Contact: Robert Soard
First Assistant County Attorney
WHO: Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan
WHAT: Public hearing by Environmental Protection Agency on recommended plan to remove dioxin-tainted waste from the San Jacinto River Superfund site.
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 20, 2016
WHERE: Highlands Community Center, 604 Highland Woods Drive
County Attorney Ryan, a number of non-profit organizations and numerous local residents have been working for years to encourage the EPA to require that paper mill waste tainted with the deadly chemical dioxin be removed from the waste pits on the San Jacinto River. The waste pits have been capped but chemicals continue to leak into the river, where it contaminates seafood.
A report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers showed that removal using best management practices could eliminate the waste safely. Last month, the EPA recommended a remedy that will remove about 200,000 cubic yards of the contaminated material. The agency is allowing a 60-day comment period that includes the public hearing Thursday. County Attorney Ryan will urge the EPA to move forward with the recommended removal of the dangerous waste.
For more information on the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, please visit: www.sanjacintoriverwastepits.com.