The San Jacinto River Coalition is a community led group working to educate the public about the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site located in Harris County. 

The Waste Pits were once an almost invisible crisis in our own backyard. Now, thanks to our efforts, they have become a major public policy issue in the Greater Houston area. We have succeeded in developing and mobilizing a network of more than 2,000 supporters including local elected officials and others who have joined us in advocating for full remediation of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits site. In February 2016, for example, the EPA hosted a well-attended Community Open House where Congressman Gene Green called for full removal of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits; his description of the removal process was closely aligned with recommendations that we had conveyed to him.

 

This progress provides strong evidence of the respect we have earned from government agency officials and from federal, state, and local policymakers. Our efforts to act as a credible third party participant in the Waste Pits Superfund process as well as a crucial communication intermediary between residents and government agencies have won bi-partisan support.

 

Although community involvement is extremely important in the Superfund process, many communities fall short in this area due to lack of government outreach and education. We have worked hard to ensure that this is not case with the San Jacinto River Waste Pits. Citizens regularly fill government meetings to capacity. The EPA also invited us to serve on the Waste Pits Community Advisory Committee and has requested our support for multiple technical reports on behalf of the communities surrounding the Waste Pits. Our multidisciplinary approach and faithfulness to scientific facts have allowed us to maintain a healthy balance between being the voice of communities that suffered from decades of toxic exposure and working constructively with government agencies.

Protect Our Waters!

Sign our petition to support the EPA proposal to remove the dioxin filled San Jacinto River Waste Pits

The San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site are a series of toxic, dioxin-filled pits in and along the San Jacinto River (about 18 miles east of Houston, TX). The Pits were abandoned by their creator in 1968 and have plagued the river, surrounding communities, Galveston Bay’s seafood, and local seafood consumers for decades. In 2015 Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed elevated rates of cancer in children and people of all ages near the Waste Pits.

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