J.T. Williams: EPA Threatens Galveston Bay with Toxic Waste Disaster
Against the advice the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers the Environmental Protection Agency is threatening to dredge a Superfund site in Texas an operation that is likely to pollute the San Jacinto River and Galveston Bay.
J.T. Williams, executive director of the Galveston Maritime Business Association describes a dangerous situation in Texas. Against the advice the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, and the wishes of the business and property owners communities in the region, holdovers from the Obama administration EPA Region 6 are threatening to pursue a dredging operation at a Superfund site in Texas that is likely to pollute the San Jacinto River and Galveston Bay.
The Army Corp has said even under the best conditions, dredging will likely pollute the river and the bay, whereas installing a permanent cap over the waste site will be safe and economical. While Hurricane Harvey damaged the existing temporary cap on the site, now harmful waste leaked from the pit and it has been repaired. Even if EPA's dredging goes well, it will likely harm the watershed, wildlife, homeowners, and businesses in the area.