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Incident at the Waste Pits

San Jacinto Waste Pits

Last week, driving into Houston, a member of the coalition saw something unusual going on at the San Jacinto Waste Pits. The pits are situated on the north side of I-10, one of the pits being mostly submerged and other mostly visible.

On top of the temporary stone and rubble cap was a steam shovel. The cap was placed  there  by the EPA following a memorandum on April 2, 2010. The Time Critical Removal Action (TCRA) was designed to stabilize the waste pits and to prevent direct human and benthic contact with the waste materials until a final solution can be agreed upon.

Happy August!

And Now, A Few Words…

 It's hard to believe that the summer is nearly over. Here at Texans Together, we are energized and ready for the fall. Here is a sampling of our summer activities, by the numbers:

Have a Safe Summer Fun Event

This is a video from our "Have a Safe Summer Fun" Event that was held in the Highlands. The goal was to offer free giveaways to attract people to our canopy and to talk to us about the contamination river. There was also a raffle of Gift for those who attended our nex regular meeting. We had 12 new members show up at our scedhuled August 10th meeting.

Dr. King's Report is Out!

Dr. Stephen KingOn May 31st Texans Together and The San Jacinto River Coalition held a press conference at the San Jacinto Monument to discuss Dr. Stephen King's report on the impact of the San Jaconto River waste pits on the environment. Despite the temporary cap that has been put in place dioxon and furan levels are just as high as they were a year ago.

Pictured here is the guide we hired to take Dr. King and our President Fred Lewis around the river to collect fish and sediment samples. Here is a PDF that contains where the fish samples were taken. You can download Dr. King's Report here. This include the executive summary. 

Save Our Schools

Save Texas Schools

Calling All Houstonians, Parents, Teachers and Students!

We are getting on the bus on Saturday March 24th. We want the cutting of education funds to STOP!

Texas has dropped from 44th to 49th in funding our school systems among the 50 states. Some of our lawmakers want to strive towards the “coveted” 50th spot in the funding of our schools on a national level. With yet another budget shortfall on the way, an election coming and legislative session very near it seems likely that we will achieve the unwanted distinction of being the worst in the country. We need to send them a message that cannot be ignored.

First EHL Class Graduates!

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EHL Class GraduatesOn December 13th, 2011 The Empower Houston Leadership Project graduated its first class of 19 community organizers. Certificates were presented and a dinner was held for the class. Plans to move forward with the projects that the class iniated are moving forward and this first class is the founding of a new network of organziers working to efect change in Harris county.

Harris County Files Lawsuit Against Waste Pit Polluters!

Fishing the River...The citizens of Harris County no longer feel secure while swimming in the San Jacinto River. The citizens of Harris County no longer trust that the fish they catch from the San Jacinto River are safe to eat.  The citizens of Harris County can no longer enjoy camping, picnicking or eating fish or blue crabs in the San Jacinto River free from fear. The citizens of Harris County have lost the ability to enjoy the San Jacinto River and Harris County and its residents have been severely impacted as a result...

That is the language that Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan uses in his petition which seeks penalties of up to $25,000 a day dating to 1965 from defendants McGinnis Industrial Maintenance Co.,  Waste Management Inc., Waste Management of Texas and International Paper Co.

Residents take the San Jacinto Waste Pits matter into their own hands

Deadly CatchGiven the lack of appropriate signage warning about the presence of dioxins in the waters of the San Jacinto River, community members gathered last Saturday, at River Terrace Park in Channelview, to put up homemade signs in order to inform visitors about the risks of consuming fish caught on those waters.

This park, located just south of I-10 and Baylor, has become a very popular fishing spot that not only attracts local residents but also visitors from all the Houston metroplex area.

Peacemaker Award

Annual Houston Peace and Justice Center (HPJC) Peacemaker award banquet

Community building in the United States is not a novel concept. Democracy depends on individuals participating in every aspect of their community.


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