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An Update on the San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund Site

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 […]

Harris County officials visit a dioxin-contaminated site along San Jacinto River east of Houston. (Photo: Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media)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 pits a Superfund site. In 2011, a cap was installed to stem the flow of toxins from the pits to the river.

Now, a settlement has been reached to fix it.

We learn the latest from News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling, andScott Jones, the director of advocacy for the Galveston Bay Foundation.

(Above:Harris County officials visit a dioxin-contaminated site along San Jacinto River east of Houston. Photo: Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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