EPA orders more repairs at Texas toxic site following Harvey

October 19, 2017 - 6:35 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has ordered two companies to make more extensive repairs to stabilize the area around a Superfund toxic waste site near Houston following Hurricane Harvey.

EPA said Thursday that a survey of the area near the San Jacinto River Waste Pits found erosion of the river bottom up to 12 feet deep adjacent to a fabric and stone cap intended to keep highly contaminated sediments from washing away.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has ordered International Paper and a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc. to underwrite a $115 million cleanup at the former mill. Testing conducted after the historic storm showed cancer-causing dioxins were exposed to the river water.

The companies are opposed to the expensive cleanup, arguing the current covering is sufficient.

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