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New Waste Pits study calls for removal

San Jacinto River Coalition’s Jackie Young, left, and consultant Kathleen Garland, Geologist at UH Clear Lake. The two spoke last Wednesday night at a community meeting, to present an environmental report on EPA guidelines for toxic sites.
San Jacinto River Coalition’s Jackie Young, left, and consultant Kathleen Garland, Geologist at UH Clear Lake. The two spoke last Wednesday night at a community meeting, to present an environmental report on EPA guidelines for toxic sites.

EPA guidelines for toxic sites examined

HIGHLANDS – About 60 interested residents of the Highlands and Channelview are attended a briefing last Wednesday evening, held at the San Jacinto Community Center in Highlands.

The meeting was hosted by Jackie Young, environmental activist with the San Jacinto River Coalition, and TexansTogether.

Young had contracted with an instructor of hers, Dr. Kathleen Garland, to prepare a report on EPA guidelines for dealing with toxic waste sites, as applied to other locations around the United States.

Garland teaches at the University of Houston Clear Lake, and is a Geologist and Environmental Management Expert.

Garland worked from existing data, on how the federal EPA had dealt with other toxic Superfund sites similar to the San Jacinto Waste Pits. Young’s hypothesis is that if the cases are similar, and EPA has required removal of toxic materials, then they should call for a similar solution in the San Jacinto River, therefore treating
this in a similar method as others.

Young said that a final decision will be made by the EPA this spring, since the National Remedy Review Board is meeting in April, and announced in a Final Report in September 2015.

Waste Pits in the San Jacinto River received this containment cap, a membrane covered with rocks, in 2013. The “Responsible Parties” are arguing that this is all that needs to be done, but the San Jacinto River Coalition want complete removal.
Waste Pits in the San Jacinto River received this containment cap, a membrane covered with rocks, in 2013. The “Responsible Parties” are arguing that this is all that needs to be done, but the San Jacinto River Coalition want complete removal.

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