Officials report potential spills at Texas Superfund site after Harvey: report

Officials report potential spills at Texas Superfund site after Harvey: report
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Local pollution control officials reported a spill at a Houston-area Superfund site following Hurricane Harvey, the Associated Press reported Monday.

According to the report, a cleanup team led by PRP Group called an emergency federal hotline in late August to report a spill in Texas’s Vince Bayou near the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site.

In Harvey’s wake, the company reported two more potential spills from the U.S. Oil Recovery facility, a former waste-processing plant southeast of Houston in Pasadena, Texas.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told the AP it is still assessing the site. Last Thursday, the agency reported that U.S. Oil Recovery is one of two Superfund sites that warrant a more thorough review following the storm.

The agency said then that officials would sample standing water in open tanks and remove excess storm water from the site. The EPA reported that it had “conducted an inspection of Vince Bayou to follow up on a rumor that material was offsite and did not find any evidence of a black oily discharge or material from the U.S. Oil Recovery site.”

The site has been part of the Superfund program since 2012. Cleanup crews and officials have removed about 3 million gallons of liquid and 600,000 gallons of solid waste from the plant since then, according the EPA.

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