A total of 517 containers filled with “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” were recovered from Texas Superfund sites, according to a statement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
For now, however, the EPA is not disclosing which sites the containers came from.
As shown in the reports, the disclosure was buried, situated within a press release published late last week.
Flooding and contamination at Texas’ Superfund sites is the source of ongoing concerns as the full impact of Harvey comes to light.
Multiple leaks were reported to the federal government after the storm, with three recently reported at just one site – U.S. Oil Recovery – last week.
The most recent update on the EPA’s effort following Harvey detailed the San Jacinto River Superfund site, which was flooded as of September 1, and described as still in need of attention; the “armored cap” of rocks and fabric installed there to prevent contaminants washing downriver was damaged in the storm.
The EPA further provided the “Responsible Parties are continuing cap repairs and maintenance activities under EPA oversight,” and expect the results of testing at the site to be available in about two weeks.