Tag Archives: Dioxin


If you’ve fished the waters of Galveston Bay Texas for some time, your most likely aware of the fish contamination warnings and controversy associated with Dioxins and PCB’s.

For years anglers have been told to limit intake of speckled trout, catfish, crabs and various other species in areas of the Bay system. The contamination has often been blamed on chemical dumping in the Houston Ship Channel in the 50’s & 60’s. Then subsiquent channel dredging and the reintroduction of contaminants into the water column that had once settled on the bottom.

While some of that seems logical. We’ve recently  found a bombshell of information concerning The San Jacinto River Waste Pits. A now Superfund dump site partially submerged on the banks of the San Jacinto River.  Containment has failed. It has been and is leaking.

“We have a clear and present danger of Dioxin going into the San Jacinto River and Galveston Bay,” said Terrence O’Rourke of the Harris County Attorney’s Office. “The rocks are falling off, it’s just that simple. They are rocks on top of a tarp and the rocks are gone.”

In December 2015 inspectors found a gap more than 20-feet wide. Last week, EPA inspectors packnowledged at least five additional locations at the site where protective containment was missing.

Jackie Young of the San Jacinto River Coalition says more than 80 percent of the dump still hasn’t been inspected for holes or damage.

Who the hell thought it was a great idea to store Dioxin, a non degrading and one of the most toxic substances known to man, on the banks of a river?

Here’s who. Two Fortune 500 companies of course. International Paper and Waste Management. Both have declined to tell the media their sides of the story.

Aparently these two companies have hired there own researchers and are trying persuade the EPA to leave this shit right there on the banks of the SJR.

Here is a video released by Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan concerning the hazardous nature and future of the SJR Waste Pits.

Here is a full presentation and press conference concerning the pits. More  info. As it comes.


Via: KPRC Click2Houston

I must say this is an extensive amount of information as to what toxins were discovered in the fish? Must be some bad stuff for an all out ban request.

From the article:

A fish advisory is in effect for Lake Livingston and parts of the Trinity River.

The advisory comes after health workers found high toxic levels in fish samples.

The advisory is for seven types of fish: blue catfish, flathead catfish, freshwater drum, gar, smallmouth buffalo, striped bas and white bass.

Officials are asking people to not eat the fish.

2015 Click2Houston/KPRC2


The usual suspects. Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs

The Texas Department of State Health Services today issued a fish consumption advisory for Lake Livingston and portions of the Trinity River after laboratory testing of fish samples found elevated levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs.

The Lake Livingston advisory is for seven types of fish – blue catfish, flathead catfish, freshwater drum, gar, smallmouth buffalo, striped bass and white bass. The advisory is in effect for the Trinity River Basin which includes Lake Livingston and the Trinity River from U.S. 287 downstream to U.S. 90.

Regular or long-term consumption of fish from these waters may increase the likelihood of long- term health risks. People can still fish in the area, though they should not consume or should limit their consumption of fish from this area and are advised to follow the specific age and species recommendations in this chart: