Activist: Feds being open about Brio seepage
An activist who had fought for initial cleanup at the Brio site says the federal government is acting appropriately after discovery that dangerous chemicals have seeped into deep groundwater.
They've got to look at it and figure out what's going on," said community activist Marie Flickinger, who long fought for Brio to be cleaned up.
She expressed concern Friday, but said, They've got to look at it and figure out what's going on. But they're doing what's required, and even more than that, and they're being open and up-front about it."
Officials say there is no immediate danger from the seepage, which occurred on the Superfund site, which is in southern Harris County off Dixie Farm Road.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 1,2dichloroethane and vinyl chloride, both of which can be toxic to humans, have somehow seeped to a level deeper than the level at which they were thought to be contained.
The EPA says the unexpected seepage isn't threatening to humans unless the chemicals get into drinking water or into the air, which hasn't yet happened. There are no drinking water wells around Brio and the groundwater is moving slowly, the government said.
For more information, see this Chronicle article.
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