Remove San Jacinto River Toxic Waste


On October 11, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its Record of Decision for the cleanup of the deadly dioxin-contaminated wastes at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site in Channelview, Harris County.

The EPA has called for excavation and removal of the wastes to a permitted waste disposal facility. The Record of Decision, which includes EPA’s responses to the thousands of public comments received (with 94% of the comments being in favor of removal rather than capping in place), clearly lays out the reasons why removal is the correct remedy.

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 applauds EPA’s decision.

According to the EPA, actual removal of the wastes will likely not occur until late 2019, following completion of administrative  and legal requirements and completion of the cleanup’s engineering design.

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
GBF and Other Organization Public Comments, News & Updates
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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.