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Posts published in “Day: July 12, 2018”

Jacinto City Police recognized for robbery arrests

Jacinto City Police Department Personnel receiving recognition plagues. L – R: Lt. D. Walker, Patrolman O. Elizondo, Cpl. A.J. Seydler, Dispatcher Esther G. Perez, Chief J. M. Ayala, Sgt. B.J. Silva, Sgt. E. Ramos, Patrolman A. Kamali and Patrolman T. Hodges. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – June 28, 2018 — At the Jacinto City Council meeting, Lt. D. Walker, Sgt. B.J. Silva, Sgt. E. Ramos, Cpl. A.J. Seydler, Patrolman O. Elizondo, Patrolman T. Hodges, Patrolman A. Kamali and Dispatcher Esther G. Perez were recognized for their outstanding service to the city. Police Chief Joey Ayala commended them for their quick action in two separate armed robberies between April and May that cumulated in the felony arrest of eleven robbery suspects.

Chad Burke, President of The Economic Alliance Corporation for the Houston Ship Channel region, in which the city is a member, gave their annual report.

Allan Jamail, founder of the Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee, questioned how building work at 10902 Lane Street on a home was allowed for six months without a valid building permit. City Manager Lon Squyres said currently a Stop Work Violation Red Tag has been placed on the building and the owner has been notified of the violations to the city’s building code and the requirement to obtain a building permit before any future work can continue.

Waste Pits need additional repairs

San Jacinto Riverbed scouring image post Hurricane Harvey. Gridded areas of riverbed labeled A, B, C, D will be repaired, as well as exposed toxin area in Northwest corner (dark blue).

Toxic material exposed, cap membrane missing

EPA Directs Additional Repairs for San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site

DALLAS – June 29, 2018 — The EPA is directing the potentially responsible parties of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site in Texas to take immediate action to address damage to the protective cap. Initial repairs will begin shortly at the damaged areas where the protective rock was missing. Upon completion, EPA will inspect the final repair.

EPA received preliminary data from sediment samples collected by EPA’s dive team from twenty-two small areas measuring up to 50 square feet at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site. Samples from twenty-two of the areas confirmed the protective cap is absent and the underlying waste material was exposed. The preliminary sample showed dioxins up to 60,500 ng/kg. EPA recommended clean up level for the site is 30 ng/kg.

EPA has directed both International Paper and Industrial Maintenance Corporation, the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) for the San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund site in Harris County, to take steps to ensure that the exposed waste material is isolated and securely covered. The dioxin in the waste material does not dissolve easily in water, but it can migrate further out into the surrounding sediments.

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EPA CHIEF PRUITT RESIGNS

The beleaguered head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, resigned his position last week, on July 5th, only one day after attending a 4th of July event at the White House. President Trump accepted his resignation, and said that his assistant, Andrew Wheeler, would take over EPA as Acting Administrator.

Pruitt had befriended local Houston environmentalists such as Jackie Young of the SJRC, and Scott Jones of the GBF. It remains to be seen whether the new administrator will be as open and helpful on their local issues.

Pruitt had become well-known in Houston environmental circles, having visited the San Jacinto River Waste Pits in person, and placed their disposal on his “Top Ten” list of projects to receive his attention.

Pruitt’s tenure at the EPA was controversial from the beginning, and as he made a number of questionable choices in his style of administration, he became a constant source of embarrassment to the President and his administration.

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Wet Independence Day doesn’t dampen celebrations

Photo by Allan Jamail

July 4, 2018 – Galena Park and Jacinto City had their annual 4th of July celebration. Earlier, parts of Harris County recorded record setting rains of 10” inches for this Independence Day. The 2 cities share the cost for the fireworks display, which brings thousands of celebrants to the area to see the 25 minute show.