07 Sep '17, 8am

Hurricane Harvey Floods Toxic Superfund Sites in Texas:

Hurricane Harvey Floods Toxic Superfund Sites in Texas:

You’ve seen the photos of an inundated Texas landscape, and you’ve likely heard about the Arkema chemical plant fires – but did you know that the state is home to dozens of Superfund sites , some of which also experienced flooding during and after Hurricane Harvey? While the EPA maintains that everything is under control , residents in areas that have long struggled with pollution feel very differently. As the heart of the petrochemical industry in the United States, Texas has an extensive history of activities related to oil and gas extraction. Historically, lively manufacturing wasn’t always associated with care for the environment. All too often, the result was numerous contaminated sites that leached dioxins and heavy metals into soil and groundwater. Some of these locations are on the Superfund list, which includes sites eligible for federal funding to assist with cle...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/hurricane-harvey-floods-toxic...

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