ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020, 10am
A CALL TO INTEGRITY: Restoring Character to the San Jacinto River Waste Pits’s Remediation
THEA is Holding a Press Conference to Solicit Stronger EPA Support and Corporate Accountability for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site. Restoring Integrity to the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site’s Record for Remediation
A press conference will be held regarding recent discoveries in the design phase of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits’ Superfund process. This phase of the Superfund process seeks to characterize the waste material for disposal and details how remediation will take place. THEA’s review of 30,000+ pages of design documents, prepared by the responsible parties’ consultants, found lab reports intentionally omitting data and samples for waste characterization taken from locations known to contain no waste. This is a call to action for the EPA to require a redo of waste characterization sampling and analysis, and to ensure that further efforts account for all contaminants of concern – while being performed under transparent and morally sound practices.
The fight to remediate the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site has seen much progress over the years, and we are at a critical stage where we need the EPA and the Waste Pits’ responsible parties to stand up for doing the right thing. Our collective actions will affect generations to come around the San Jacinto River, Galveston Bay, and where the waste is disposed of.
WHO: Texas Health and Environment Alliance (THEA)
WHAT: A press conference
WHEN: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 10am
WHERE: 1001 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77002
The press conference of which we will be holding includes the following request:
We request further involvement from the Environmental Protection Agency and the responsible companies. The action needed to ensure that the Waste Pits are fully and safely remediated will require the EPA to increase their efforts to hold responsible parties accountable. An accurate assessment is needed to ensure that the waste material is handled and disposed of appropriately. Furthermore, we are calling for integrity and transparency in the Superfund process after blatant omissions of data were discovered in the data reports for the design of the remediation process.