Texas officials ignore dioxin spread in Houston waterways

Texas officials ignore dioxin spread in Houston waterways
The Associated Press

HIGHLANDS, Texas (AP) — An agreement has finally cleared the way for cleanup at a Superfund site in Texas known as the San Jacinto Waste Pits. But an investigation by the Houston Chronicle and The Associated Press has found that dioxin damage has already spread far beyond the site.

The news organizations pieced together years of University of Houston research that shows more than 30 hotspots have been located in sediments along the San Jacinto River, the Houston Ship Channel and into Galveston Bay.

The affected areas are alongside parks and residential neighborhoods with thousands of homes.

State health officials haven’t tested residential wells or yards. And details about the hotspots haven’t been made public by Texas environmental regulators, who spent more than $5 million in federal money to pay for the research.

This is the final installment in an investigative collaboration between the Houston Chronicle and The Associated Press

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