Nearly one-third of Houston-area Superfund sites flooded, EPA says

September 4, 2017

Houston_FloodAt 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.”

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Worried Vet says:

    I live close to 3 of these sites and the plant in Crosby Tx that blew up. Boy do i know how to pick a place to live. God willing we can move to a different area. We just got permission to go see what happened and were not sure we want to since the one site on the news is about a mile and a half from the house. What a mess.

    1. Glenda Jordan says:

      I pray the good Lord will comfort and direct your path.

      1. Worried Vet says:

        Thank you and he will. Im just glad my grandkids dont live here any longer and wasnt here to long. My daughter moved for work and finding this out i was glad even though she moved so far.

        1. Glenda Jordan says:

          In the moment I would be upset if my grandkids moved (my life revolves ’round them) not realizing of course God would later reveal his purpose and blessing by getting them out of harms way. Stay strong in your faith! Now we here on East coast brace for Irma.

          1. Worried Vet says:

            My wife and i were upset but now we understand. Now we have to worry about our other daughter, son and grandkids in Florida. We have family in several places there and one grandson in South Carolina so we are watching Irma. They say its a small chance it hits us but Florida is. They live in the panhandle for the most part. We went through several storms there but nothing this strong.

          2. Glenda Jordan says:

            Yes Irma is extremely dangerous w/strong winds. Harvey wrecked havoc because he wouldn’t go away and dumped all that rain flooding so many areas. Stay prayerful…that’s our best hope.

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