At least 13 of the 41 Superfund sites in Texas were flooded and “experiencing possible damage” as a result of Hurricane Harvey, federal environmental officials confirmed Saturday after conducting an initial assessment of the sites.
The assessment, determined through aerial imagery, raised concerns about potential health risks as floodwaters carried the pollutants over a wider area, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told “Fox News Sunday” the EPA is going to “get on top” of the contamination threat.
“The EPA is monitoring that. The EPA is going to get on top of that,” Abbott said. “We are working with the EPA to make sure that we contain any of these chemicals harming anybody in the greater Houston area or any other place.”
The findings came shortly after the Associated Press reported that Harvey flooded at least seven of the highly toxic waste sites in and around Houston. The report stated EPA officials have not physically visited the Superfund sites in the Houston area, saying in a statement that they have “not been accessible by response personnel.”
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