EPA orders cleanup at Texas toxic site flooded by Harvey

Associated Press |

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has handed a rare victory to environmentalists. It's ordered two big corporations to pay for a $115 million cleanup at a Texas toxic waste site that may have spread dangerous levels of pollution during the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.



Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a directive requiring International Paper and a Waste Management subsidiary to excavate and remove 212,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments from the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site outside Houston.

Both companies say they oppose the decision.

Pruitt visited the Superfund site last month following the historic storm, meeting with local environmental activists who pushed for years to get a cleanup plan approved.

The former paper mill site is heavily contaminated with dioxins, chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects.

DISCLOSURE: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, and do not represent the views of equities.com. Readers should not consider statements made by the author as formal recommendations and should consult their financial advisor before making any investment decisions. To read our full disclosure, please go to: http://www.equities.com/disclaimer

Comments

Emerging Growth

Lomiko Metals Inc.

Lomiko Metals Inc is an exploration stage company. It is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of resource properties. Its projects include Vines Lake project and Quatre - Milles…

Private Markets

iPRO Network, LLC

We provide the platform, tools, and resources to empower individuals and professionals to market desirable goods and services to the public, taking the place of traditional methods of commerce.

Voleo

Voleo is a free download that allows you to form investment clubs with your friends, family, colleagues, classmates, teammates…basically anyone you know and trust. Invest and manage a stock portfolio…