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EPA Announces $115 Million Cleanup For San Jacinto Waste Pits

Posted on · The announcement comes two weeks after the federal agency said an unknown amount of dioxins — which have been linked to birth defects and cancer — may have washed downriver from the San Jacinto Waste Pits after floodwaters jarred loose a protective cap of fabric and rock designed to keep them from spreading.

Good, Bad and Ugly

Plans for the Pits and a Gaslamp Lawsuit: The Good, Bad & Ugly of This Week’s News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on the […]

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Your Questions for Mayor Sylvester Turner: Friday’s Show (September 30, 2016)

Posted on · Earlier this month (Sept. 14, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a preliminary plan to reform the city’s pension system and address an unfunded liability in the billions, paying it off over thirty years. The plan will, among other measures, lower the assumed rate of return on pension investments to seven percent, which Turner says […]

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An Update on the San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund Site

Posted on · In 2005, Texas Parks and Wildlife discovered what became known as the San Jacinto Waste Pits in Pasadena, where Champion Paper Mill had once contracted with a company to dispose of industrial waste. That company chose to place that waste in pits along the San Jacinto river. In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency declared the […]

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GOP Convention Wrap-Up: Friday’s Show (July 22, 2016)

Posted on · The 2016 Republican National Convention concluded last night (July 21, 2016), with Donald Trump accepting his party’s nomination for President. On this edition of Houston Matters, News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider joins us from Cleveland to discuss the Texas GOP delegation’s week. (Above: Texas delegates cast their votes on the floor of the […]

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What Should Be Done with the San Jacinto Waste Pits?

Posted on · The San Jacinto Waste Pits are an area on the eastern edge of Houston near the San Jacinto River where chemical waste was deposited decades ago. The Environmental Protection Agency has deemed the waste pits a Superfund site, a federally designated hazardous waste site. Some residents of neighboring communities believe chemicals from the site are […]

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Space City or the Silicon Bayou: Tuesday’s Show (May 5, 2015)

Posted on · Seeing as how Houston is Space City, we thought it might be appropriate, from time to time, to catch up on developments in outer space exploration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss a number of space-related topics with Dr. Carolyn Sumners, the VP of Astronomy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s George […]