Remove San Jacinto River Toxic Waste


On September 28, 2016 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed removal of the deadly dioxin-contaminated wastes at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site in Channelview, Harris County. These wastes, first placed in unlined pits located on the banks of the river in the mid-1960s, have already caused harm to the river, Galveston Bay, and our recreational and commercial fisheries.

Galveston Bay Foundation agrees that removal, rather than trying to contain the toxins in place in a vulnerable location on a tidal river subject to hurricanes, floods and barge strikes, is the only way to permanently remove the threat of further harm.  GBF’s official comment letter in support of EPA’s proposed plan clearly lays out the reasons why removal is the correct remedy.

The EPA is now reviewing and assessing the thousands of comments, petitions, and technical documents they received during the official public comment period that ended January 12, 2017.  The EPA has indicated that it will issue their Record of Decision in October 2017, which will include the responses to public comments and a final cleanup plan.

Superfund Cleanup Process and Timeline
What is in the Corps of Engineers Report? What was EPA's Takeaway From It?
The History of the Pits and the Current Threat
Why Capping in Place is a Bad Idea
The Correct Solution
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Scott Jones, GBF Director of Advocacy, talks on Fox 26 News about the necessity of the removal of toxic waste from the San Jacinto River Waste Pits. Watch the interview.