The dumping of the toxic wastewater that was used to put out a fire that was caused by a train derailing in Ohio is going to take place in a suburb of Houston.
“Both my office and I were informed today that the ‘firefighting water’ that was used during the railway incident in East Palestine, Ohio, is scheduled to be disposed of in our county,” According to a statement released by the Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Wednesday.
“Our Harris County Pollution Control Department and Harris County Attorney’s have reached out to the company and the Environmental Protection Agency to receive more information,”
Currently, the wastewater is being transported to Texas Molecular, a company that disposes of hazardous material by injecting it underground.
As part of their hazardous waste permit and underground injection control permit, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality stated to KTRK-TV that Texas Molecular “is authorized to accept and manage a range of waste streams, including vinyl chloride.” KHOU-TV was told by the corporation that it has plenty of experience managing disposals of this kind.
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The company said-
“Our technology safely removes hazardous constituents from the biosphere. We are part of the solution to reduce risk and protect the environment, whether in our local area or other places that need the capabilities we offer to protect the environment”
The fiery derailment that occurred in Ohio on February 3 prompted evacuations after toxic chemicals were burned after being released from five derailed tanker rail cars carrying vinyl choride that were in danger of exploding. The derailed tanker rail cars were in danger of exploding because they were carrying vinyl choride.
Dr. George Guillen, the executive director of the Environmental Institute of Houston, stated that despite the fact that it is “very, very hazardous,” the risk to the general public is not very high.
According to Guillen, who is also a professor of biology and environmental science at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, “this injection, in certain circumstances, is usually 4,000 or 5,000 feet down below any kind of drinking water aquifer.”
Tammy Baxter, who resides in Deer Park, and Guillen both stated that the transportation of the chemicals over a distance of more than 1,300 miles (2,090 kilometers) from East Palestine, Ohio, to Deer Park, Texas, is their primary source of concern.
Baxter told KTRK that there needs to be a deeper well injection that is closer to the surface. It would be irresponsible of you to place it on the road. Accidents happen on a very consistent basis here… It is a waste of time to move it that far.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who visited the site of the derailment on Thursday, has issued a warning to the railroad that is responsible for the derailment, Norfolk Southern, to fulfill its promises to clean up the mess just outside of East Palestine, Ohio, and to assist the town in recovering from the incident.
Buttigieg has also proposed a set of changes that are aimed at enhancing rail safety at the same time that regulators are attempting to tighten safety regulations.
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