Toxic waste seeps from a Houston Superfund site after Harvey’s floods

Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented rains and flooding last month caused a leak from a heavily polluted site along the San Jacinto River east of Houston, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The so-called San Jacinto River Waste Pits, one of several Superfund sites flooded during the storm, contain cancer-causing waste from a paper mill. Harvey’s rains damaged the protective cap that was supposed to hold in the waste, exposing the “underlying waste material,” the EPA says.

Some of the highly toxic chemicals found include dioxins; they’re known to cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, and cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. …

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Harvey’s flooding is triggering chemical spills, which could cause other environmental disasters

Tropical Storm Harvey has caused unprecedented flooding in southeast Texas — but other dangerous environmental disasters could be on their way, including the leakage of chemicals that could explode or harm people.

Making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, Harvey hit right into the heart of the state’s petrochemical industry. Several plants shut down to brace for the bad weather, but refineries and chemical plants have still been damaged.

Here’s a list of some of the most dangerous environmental threats currently developing in Texas:

Arkema’s chemical plant in Crosby

All residents within 1.5 miles of the plant were evacuated today, as chemicals could catch fire and explode, according to Reuters. The plant has been hit by over 40 inches…

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