Across the state of Texas, there are dozens of toxic superfund sites. The U.S. Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) has identified these sites as containing hazardous waste that poses a risk to human health and the environment. Unfortunately for Texans, 13 Superfund sites in Houston and across the Texas coast were in Hurricane Harvey’s path and Hurricane Harvey flooded 11 of them, potentially spreading some of the most toxic substances for miles. These Superfund sites contain a variety of toxins and hazardous chemicals and were designated by the EPA as some of the most toxic sites in the country.
Harris County has more Superfund sites than any other county in the entire U.S. and in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, some of these sites were flooded with several feet of water. This flooding spread contaminated water for miles, across flooded homes and businesses. For many property owners, their homes may now be made uninhabitable from the toxic contamination.
The Flooded Superfund Sites In Texas Include:
- Highland Acid Pit in Highlands, Texas
- U.S. Oil Recovery in Pasadena, Texas
- San Jacinto Waste Pits in Channelview, Texas
- Bailey Waste Disposal in Bridge City, Texas
- French LTD in Crosby, Texas
- Geneva Industries/Fuhrmann Energy in Houston, Texas
- Gulfco Marine Maintenance in Freeport, Texas
- Malone Services/Swan Lake Plant in Texas City, Texas
- Patrick Bayou in Deer Park, Texas
- Petro-Chemical Systems (Turtle Bayou) in Liberty, Texas
- Triangle Chemical in Bridge City, Texas
What To Do If You Live Near A Superfund Site
The EPA is in the process of evaluating the damage to these sites and analyzing the impact on the surrounding areas. If you live near any one of these superfund sites, you need to follow any directions or evacuation orders issued by the EPA. The thought of leaving your home because of contamination may seem difficult, but the damage to your health could be permanent.
The owners of these Superfund sites have a responsibility to clean them and prevent their harmful substances from damaging surrounding areas. If your home or business is now uninhabitable due to Superfund contamination, you can hold the owners and operators of these sites responsible.
Work With An Experienced Legal Team
If you have lost everything from Superfund contamination after Hurricane Harvey, the Hurricane Harvey lawyers at Blizzard Law PLLC can help you pursue compensation. We want to help you rebuild your life, your livelihood, and your home, so we offer absolutely free consultations with no upfront cost. You won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.