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EPA meets with community on Waste Pits

Ashley Howard, EPA Project manager for the Superfund San Jacinto River Waste Pits, made the presentation and update to the community last Thursday evening at Channelview’s Fluckinger Center.

CHANNELVIEW – Representatives of the federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) met with the public last Thursday evening, June 23 at the Flukinger Community Center in Channelview. The purpose of the meeting was to update interested members of the public on progress in remediation and removal of the toxic wastes in the San Jacinto River at several sites.

The slide presentation was made by the Superfund Project Manager, Ashley Howard, and a question and answer period following the talk was moderated by Jeanetta Coates.

About 75 interested members of the Channelview and Highlands communities attended the meeting. Many of them asked questions after the presentation.

The Audience at Flukinger Center listened intently for almost two hours, while EPA representatives (at far right in the background) showed slides and reported on progress and the schedule. Excavation of toxic material in the Southern Impoundment site is scheduled to start in the fall of this year, but the Northern Impoundment work will not start until next year, and continue for 5 or more years.

Activists watching environmental activities in San Jacinto River

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – Whether it’s toxic waste dumps in the San Jacinto River, or unauthorized dredging and barge facilities, the citizens of Channelview and Highlands have two active watchdogs to monitor and protest when activities threaten the environment.

Jackie Young Medcalf and Carolyn Stone can be heard at many public meetings, questioning public authorities and requesting the proper procedures be followed. This Thursday the EPA will be at the Flukinger Community Center in Channelview to report on remediation work in the river, and the public will have an opportunity to question progress. Prior to the meeting, Medcalf issued the following statement:

Dear Community Members,

We have two important action items for the San Jacinto River Coalition.

EPA Waste Pits Meeting June 23

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site (SJRWPSS) Community Meeting this month on Thursday night, June 23rd at 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Martin Flukinger Community Center, 16003 Lorenzo St., Channelview, TX 77530. The meeting will be an in-person meeting, but you may also participate by phone by calling +1 202-991-0477 and entering the code 453688444#.

This meeting will contain important information the Channelview and surrounding communities and all who travel I-10 East will want to know.

C.H.I.C. WILL NOT hold our scheduled meeting at the Channelview Fire Sta. #3.

Additional info contact THEA Jackie Medcalf, Director at jyoung@txhea.org, Rachel Jordan, Asst. Director at AD@txhea.org, or Kristine Singleton at KSingleton@txhea.org or any of them phone 281 315-5242.

CHIC opposes permits for River Road construction

The Channelview watchdog group, CHIC, has learned that the Corps of Engineers has issued a Letter of Permission for work to build a barge terminal on a site near River Road in the SJ River Estates area.

Also, the Harris County Engineering Department has issued after-the-fact building permits to the owner of Riverside Grille, for work already done, according to Carolyn Stone of CHIC. She claims this is a favored deal that is denied other property owners.

TimTom Land Holdings on 06/ 06/22 received a USACE Letter of Permission (LOP) SWG-2021-00168 for removal 109 existing dilapidated pilings and install 10, 21-inch monopolies below the High Tide Line along the shoreline at 17433 River Rd,, Harris County, Channelview, TX in the San Jacinto River. CHIC became aware of Friday, June 10th. The removal of 109 “existing” pilings mentioned in the Project Description has already occurred without permission. The pilings removal was made in early 2021 and documented by community members.

The second LOP SWG-2022- 0200 addresses a scope of work already performed and additional work to be performed related to a structure the same parties are determined to operate as a restaurant, bar and boat/barge mooring facility.

EPA Waste Pits Meeting June 23

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site (SJRWPSS) Community Meeting this month on Thursday night, June 23rd at 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Martin Flukinger Community Center, 16003 Lorenzo St., Channelview, TX 77530. The meeting will be an in-person meeting, but you may also participate by phone by calling +1 202-991-0477 and entering the code 453688444#.

This meeting will contain important information the Channelview and surrounding communities and all who travel I-10 East will want to know.

C.H.I.C. WILL NOT hold our scheduled meeting at the Channelview Fire Sta. #3.

Channelview parade celebrates FFA and LL events

Grand Marshalls – The Marvin Maybin Family & Retired Channelview Ag Teacher’s Family. The Grand Marshall was The Marvin Maybin Family in memory of Marvin Maybin, the Former FFA Advisor from 1977-2000 who passed away in October of 2021.

By Allan Jamail

On Saturday, April 2, 2022, Channelview High School had their annual FFA parade followed by the livestock animals and chicken auctions. The parade was filled with school floats made by the students. Suzanne Hutchins, Channelette Dance Team Director and FFA Parade Chairman, said this year’s parade included 21 Little League floats.

Harris Co Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, who was in the front of the parade on a small motorcycle, said: “What a fantastic experience we all had at the Channelview ISD Parade! In addition to the massive turnout from CVISD’s amazing Future Farmers of America program, Channelview Little League showed up in force as well. It was great to visit with the students, little leaguers, veterans, first responders, and Channelview residents young and old. It was a beautiful day for an event in the heart of the community, and I look forward to joining in the fun for many years to come.”

New Channelview Doctor has a familiar face

DR. MELISSA SILVA

Dr. Melissa Silva has joined Channelview Family Medicine, the medical practice of Dr. Donald Nino at 15055 East Freeway in Channelview.

Dr. Silva may have a familiar face for many of her patients. She is a native of Channelview, having grown up in the area and attended local schools.

Dr. Silva is a Houstonian raised in Channelview, TX. She completed all of her education and training in Houston and it has always been her passion to learn how to best serve the community that raised and nurtured her.

Melissa Silva, M.D. is a board-certified Family Medicine physician at Channelview Family Medicine clinic. Dr. Silva received her BA in History and BS in Biology from the University of Houston. She then went on to earn her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center McGovern Medical School. Dr. Silva completed her medical training with a residency in Family Medicine from Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program.

In her practice of medicine, Dr. Silva intends to offer medical services to all ages and hopes to create long-lasting relationships with patients based on trust and shared decision-making. She is on a mission to make healthcare accessible and approachable to patients who speak different languages and come from different cultural beliefs. Dr. Silva is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Parades, Santa, Toy Drives: Holiday Season underway

The 6th Annual Community Toy Drive will be held on Saturday, with the collection point being the parking lot between Panera and WalMart. The drive is held by the Channelview fire department, with the help of volunteers from the Channelview Ministry Team, and students from nearby schools. Sponsors include Arkema, Caterpillar, Solar Turbines, Lyondellbasell, and others. The toys will be distributed by the Ministry Team to about 200 needy families next week.

By Charlotte Jackson

Mark these on your calendar. The first Saturday of December is the Annual Channelview Fire Department Toy Drive. With the help of Channelview Ministry Team as well as local businesses, the event is held at the Panera Bread on Wallisville at Sam Houston Parkway. From 10 – 1 p.m., community choirs will be singing, volunteers will be collecting new toys and gifts. Hugs are matched in number with smiles.

If you are looking for a parade, be sure to join the fun in Cloverleaf on Thursday, December 16 as well as on Friday, December 17 in Channelview. If you want to have more fun, go east to Barrett Station for the Annual Parade on Saturday, December 18.

LyondellBasell Agrees to Reduce Harmful Air Pollution

LyondellBasell Plant in Channelview, with the San Jacinto River and Highlands in the distance.

Channelview plant cited for excessive flaring

HARRIS COUNTY – Three U.S. subsidiaries of Dutch chemical giant LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (Lyondell) have agreed to make upgrades and perform compliance measures estimated to cost $50 million to resolve allegations they violated the Clean Air Act and state air pollution control laws at six petrochemical manufacturing facilities located in Channelview, Corpus Christi, and LaPorte, Texas, and Clinton, Iowa. Lyondell will also pay a $3.4 million civil penalty. The settlement, announced today by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will eliminate thousands of tons of air pollution from flares.

According to the complaint, the companies failed to properly operate and monitor their industrial flares, which resulted in excess emissions of harmful air pollution at five facilities in Texas and one in Iowa. Lyondell’s subsidiaries regularly “oversteamed” the flares at their facilities and failed to comply with other key operating constraints to ensure the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants contained in the gases routed to the flares are effectively combusted.

The EPA identified potential environmental justice concerns at the two Channelview facilities for exposure to particulate matter (2.5 micron), ozone, toxic cancer risk, and respiratory hazard. The significant emissions reductions of VOCs, HAPs, and greenhouse gases that today’s settlement secures at the Channelview facilities serve to reduce exposure in the community to some of the same air pollutants that they are disproportionately exposed to.

“The Justice Department and EPA will continue to enforce the law against petrochemical plants that violate the Clean Air Act,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “In particular, we are committed to reducing harmful air pollution from unnecessary and improper flaring, especially near overburdened communities with environmental justice concerns.”

CHANNELVIEW DEFEATS P.MEMORIAL 56-17 IN HOMECOMING GAME

No. 20 of the CHS Falcons evades Pasadena Memorial defenders and completes a 80 yard run for a touchdown, during the CHS Homecoming game on October 15.

CHANNELVIEW, OCT. 15, 2021 – In Friday’s league match, the host Channelview Falcons football squad scored a big 56- 17 victory over the Pasadena Memorial Mavericks. By the end of the first quarter, the Falcons led by a score of 34-0. QB #1 Demetrias Charles led the Falcons to a thorough trouncing of the Mavericks.

CHS Senior Joseph Garcia (left) and Kailey Herrera are crowned King and Queen of the CHS Homecoming Court at Ray Maddry Stadium on October 15.