San Jacinto River Wastes Pits

The Quest to Clean Our River and Make a Better Future for Our Children

In the 1960s, the company that would become International Paper Co. dumped its paper mill sludge into a site along the San Jacinto River. The decision to dump this toxic sludge into the river resulted in catastrophic damage to those living and working along the river and the time has come to remove the danger once and for all.

On September 28, 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed plan that would remove an estimated 152,000 cubic yards of contaminated material from the waste pits. On September 29, 2016, the EPA will begin taking comments from the public regarding the proposed plan. Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan urges all Harris County residents to submit their comments in support of the EPA's plan to remove the toxic material from our river.

Find out more at the links below.

What You Can Do


Click here to submit your comment in support of the EPA's plan to remove dioxin from the San Jacinto River.



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The Second Battle of San Jacinto

THe Location

The San Jacinto River is runs through the eastern part of Harris County and flows into Galveston Bay. Along the way, it touches neighborhoods, recreation areas, and industrial ports. It is home to aquatic wildlife that sustains families and barges that sustain trade. It is also home to the most dangerous cancer-causing toxin known to man. The San Jacinto River Waste Pits contain dioxin -- a chemical that has been seeping in to the river for decades and has led to illness and death to those who encounter these waters on a regular basis.