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San Jacinto River Waste Pits: Community tells EPA to Remove the Toxins

SAN JACINTO RIVER COALITION HEAD JACKIE YOUNG expresses the desire of the community for removal.

400 attendees include Congressman, County Attorney, Opponents

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – A packed house of residents and government officials met last Thursday night at the Highlands Community Center for an update from the federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) on plans to remove the toxic waste from the storage pits in the San Jacinto River. The EPA also wanted to hear comments from the audience on their opinions about the Proposed Plan for removal. The meeting lasted 2 1/2 hours, with Gary Miller of the EPA making a slide presentation, followed by about 35 local residents and interested parties expressing their positions on the plan.

The meeting opened with remarks from Congressman Gene Green, who was instrumental in getting the waste pits put on the federal Superfund Priority List in 2008. He said dioxin is in the sediment, and needs complete removal. He was concerned about barges that might strike the pits and release the dioxins.

Harris County attorney Vince Ryan, who successfully sued the Responsible Parties and received $30 million for remediation, spoke about the black oozing dioxins evident when he walked on the site. He said, “If capped, the poison will be their for 700 years. A permanent capped could be breached by a hurricane.”

Statements were also read into the record from EPA District 6 Director Ron Curry and a written statement from Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, who called “Removal the only solution that will protect the public longterm.”

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North Shore smothers Channelview 68-0

Mustang #28 Charles Gonzales scores a TD on a 22 yard rushing play.

The annual rivalry between the North Shore Mustangs and the Channelview Falcons ended last Friday night with an overwhelming tromping of the Falcons by the Mustangs.

North Shore now has a 7-1, District 5-0 record, while Channelview falls to 3-5, and 2-3.

The Mustangs used two quarterbacks, Bryant Badie and Isaac Cerda, who combined for 309 yards and three touchdowns. North Shore had a total of 545 yards gained on offense. Badie scored one of the TDs on a rush, and Kerrion Hadnot had two rushing TDs for 102 yards. The defense for the Mustangs kept the Falcons down field, and they had to punt 9 times. North Shore had 21 first downs, compared with 9 for Channelview.

Jalen Hurts leads Alabama to Victory over Texas A&M

Aggie Coach Kevin Sumlin gives #2 Jalen Hurts a congratulatory hug after the 33-14 victory. Sumlin had tried to recruit Hurts for the A&M team.

On a game watched on national TV, top ranked Alabama fought off their rival Texas A & M, and ended with a 33-14 victory to maintain their #1 position in college rankings.

Much of the credit went to Jalen Hurts, the QB who can run and throw with extraordinary skill. Hurts was also an outstanding quarterback when he played for the Channelview Falcons prior to leaving for Alabama.

Falling behind in the 3rd quarter 14-13, Hurts engineered a 14 play, 77 yard drive then ended in a short pass for a TD. Then in the 4th quarter, he scrambled for 37 yards and scored another touchdown, giving the Crimson Tide a commanding lead that they carried to the end of the game.