Jones Road Ground Water Plume Superfund Site

Our Ongoing Efforts

What's in that site?

The site is contaminated with tetrachloroethylene, also known as, perchloroethylene (PERC), and related products, trichloroethylene (TCE), 1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE), and vinyl chloride (VC). These contaminants can become more toxic as they break down and are known to damage the nervous system and organs, particularly the liver and kidneys.

How'd those toxins get there?

The Jones Road Ground Water Plume Superfund Site is the location of the former Bell Dry Cleaners facility which began improperly dumping their waste in 1988 until it was shut down in May 2002.

If you live in the Jones Road area, we’ve created this letter for you to submit your concerns.

When is it going to get cleaned up?

Cleanup began in 2019 and is expected to last the next two years. The EPA is developing a long-term plan for groundwater remediation. We advocated for the EPA to restrict access to the Site, which has subsequently been fenced off. Clean up and remediation began with the construction of a water line to homes supplied by groundwater wells – a total of 144 completed service connections.

What does this mean for our community's health?

The contaminants in the site are known to damage the nervous system and organs, particularly the liver and kidneys. The contaminated groundwater plume has migrated and we have successfully urged the EPA to test groundwater wells in the neighborhood at no cost to the homeowners. Contact us today if you are concerned.

East Harris County showed statistically higher than expected cancer incidents

Contaminated Plume of Groundwater.
What makes the Jones Road Superfund site particularly dangerous is that its contamination created a plume in the groundwater. The contamination was first discovered at a local gymnastics facility and has since migrated under a neighborhood in which over 50% of the homes are supplied by groundwater.

Pollution from local paper mill.

Our Endorsable Jones Road Letter
We want to champion your voice. This letter addresses several remaining critical requests and concerns, such as groundwater remediation and the provision of safe drinking water for residents. Each submitted letter represents to the EPA the strength of our communal interest and expresses the urgency to fully remediate the Jones Road Ground Water Plume Superfund Site. We’re proud to have seen several achievements towards our goal and invite you to lend your voice to the cause today.

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Improper Dumping 
The Jones Road Groundwater Plume Superfund Site in Cypress, Texas serves as a prime example of how community and government collaboration leads to remediation. The Bell Dry Cleaning company’s improper waste disposal began in the late 80’s and went unchecked until it was shut down in 2002.

Water pollution by local businesses

It’s Not Just In The Water, It’s In The Air, Too.
The contaminants of concern (COC’s) can escape the water and emit into the ambient or indoor air as toxic vapors. While vapor extraction is ongoing over the next two years, the EPA still needs to work on a long term plan for groundwater remediation. This is why we must continue to engage residents and the government to advocate for the safe removal of toxins from this Site.

THEA takes action by submitting letters to the EPA

We are honored to represent your voice

by providing multiple technical reports on behalf of your community. Your voice emboldens our vision. Here is what we’ve accomplished together:

THEA acts as an intermediary between the public and government agencies to ensure safe remediation continues in a timely manner.

The EPA has opened a voluntary program in which they will provide infrastructure to pipe city water to the homes on top of the plume.

We have successfully urged the EPA to test groundwater wells in the neighborhood for contaminants of concern at no cost to homeowners.

Looking Forward

These milestones are just part of the great achievements that can take place when communities and government cooperate for the betterment of the environment. We need your support to continue the work we do with the Jones Road Plume. We have earned respect from government agency officials and from federal, state, and local policymakers – now we need your donation to help us keep our boots on the ground.

EVENTS

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Aug 2020
05 August 2020

Remedial Design updates for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits

SAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 5, 2020 Join us for important Remedial Design updates for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site. Please join THEA on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm to hear the updates live from Jackie Medcalf. We look forward to your participation in this discussion! Register today! Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P-UXZpFhSMWhBw_JpjXpjw

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