The Progress We’ve Made With The San Jacinto River Coalition
Our success is attributed to a balance of constructive work with government agencies and serving as a community voice for those who’ve suffered decades of toxic exposure.
How can the community get involved?
A major part of the Coalition’s success comes from the support of the communities it serves. Over the past 5 years, regular monthly meetings have been hosted to educate residents and engage them in the ongoing Superfund regulation and cleanup process. The importance of this cannot go overlooked as many of the residents in attendance are those who are currently struggling with health issues as a result of the waste pits. Their ongoing support has proven the power of galvanizing a community by educating them consistently about the safety of the environment they live in.
What is the San Jacinto River Coalition?
For many years the Waste Pits along the San Jacinto River were a hidden crisis posing great danger to nearby communities. The abandoned, dioxin-filled pits tainted local seafood and the river for decades. In 2015 the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed elevated rates of cancer in children and people of all ages living near the Pits. THEA’s San Jacinto River Coalition, which is a community led group working to educate the public about the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site. In the past several years the Coalition has worked to transform major public policy in the Greater Houston Area.
Working with the EPA
This residential support is further emboldened by the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invited us to serve on the Waste Pits Community Advisory Committee. Most recently, the EPA issued a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) for the clean-up of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site’s southern impoundment. This order allows the clean-up to move into the construction phase of the superfund process, which begins with creating work plans, procuring materials, and securing contractors. These steps are anticipated to take place over the next year, setting the groundwork for construction to start in the fall of 2022.
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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:
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