EPA to clean up abandoned waste site that has plagued Houston neighborhood

Photo Credit: Houston Chronicle staff

Photo Credit: Houston Chronicle staff

“The federal government said Monday it will step in to clean up an abandoned industrial waste facility that has afflicted a south Houston neighborhood for years.

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to spend at least $500,000 to remove containers with hazardous chemicals – such as cancer-causing benzene and methyl ethyl ketone, a nose- and throat-irritating solvent – from the CES Environmental Services site on Griggs Road.
The move comes four years after the Houston-based company filed for bankruptcy and shuttered the facility, which had run afoul of neighbors and regulators over odors, dumping, explosions and an on-the-job death.

To those living near the facility, the EPA’s plan was welcome news. But they questioned why it had taken so long for regulators to act and how far the government-led cleanup would go.

‘We don’t deserve to have to live like this,’ said Roselyn Johnson, who has led near the polluted site for 11 years and suffers from chronic lung disease. ‘The pressure will stay on and we won’t stop” until the eight-acre property is fully restored,’ Johnson said.

Heavy rains recently washed a harmful bisque of chemicals into Johnson’s neighborhood. She said the odor from the rust-colored runoff burned her nose and immediately made her head ache.”

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