Dioxin and PCBs

Stakeholder involvement efforts for the Dioxin TMDL project for the Houston Ship Channel and Upper Galveston Bay began in May of 2000. The TMDL projects for PCBs in the same area began in 2008, after a consumption advisory was issued in 2008 by the Texas Department of State Health Services for PCBs in fish tissue in the Ship Channel and Upper Galveston Bay. Stakeholder involvement for these two TMDL projects is generally held concurrently. Data collection and modeling is largely complete for the Dioxin TMDL project, and a draft TMDL report is being prepared by TCEQ. More data collection for both the Dioxin and PCB TMDL projects is anticipated. Stakeholder interest in the Dioxin TMDL project has increased as a result of the listing of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits as an EPA Super Fund site.

San Jacinto River Waste Pits Super Fund Site

H-GAC is participating in stakeholder involvement and public outreach efforts related to the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Super Fund Site. In addition to working with the EPA to provide stakeholder engagement opportunities in conjunction with the Dioxin TMDL project, H-GAC is working with Harris County Attorney's office and other stakeholders to persuade the EPA to proceed with emergency remediation measures and public education efforts pertaining to the site.

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