EPA Announces Cleanup Plan for San Jacinto River Waste Pits
Washington D.C. – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed plan to address contamination at the San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund site in eastern Harris County, Texas. The 14-acre San Jacinto River Waste Pits site consists of several hazardous waste ponds, or impoundments, built in the mid-1960s for the disposal of paper mill wastes as well as other contaminated soils that had been disposed alongside the San Jacinto River.
“For too long the communities of eastern Harris County have been put at risk by the hazardous material found in the San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund site,” said Congressman Gene Green. “Today’s EPA plan is the culmination of a decade of calls by community members and local officials to fully remove the waste and protect families and children from public health risks.”
“I thank the EPA, TCEQ, and Harris County officials for their commitment to protecting our communities and diligence in addressing the San Jacinto Waste Pits. We will continue to work until the hazardous waste and the threat to families and children is removed,” added Congressman Green.
Here is a brief summary of the key points in the EPA’s announcement:
- EPA’s preferred remedy proposes removing a total of about 202,000 cubic yards of contaminated material from the northern and southern impoundments at a cost of nearly $96.9 million.
- The plan will be open for public comment for 60 days, beginning Thursday, September 29, and ending Monday, November 28.
- EPA will also host a public meeting at the Highlands Community Center in Highlands, Texas on October 20, 2016.
Full EPA Proposed Cleanup Plan: https://www.epa.gov/tx/sjrwp
EPA Press Release regarding Proposed Plan: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-proposed-plan-san-jacinto-waste-pits-superfund-site
Contact: Carlos Paz