Houston-based Waste Management has made it clear they do not want to fully clean-up their decades old toxic waste in the San Jacinto River. Now, they’ve made it clear they want cities and counties in Texas to have limited authority to pursue environmental polluters. Waste Management’s efforts are in response to Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan seeking nearly $2 billion in penalties for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits. The Waste Pits, which Waste Management and International Paper are responsible for, were abandoned for over 40 years – – left in the San Jacinto River to pollute Galveston Bay’s precious fishery and the communities surrounding the Pits.

Who: The San Jacinto River Coalition, TEJAS (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services), The Sierra Club, Texans Together, local activists, and community leaders from Harris County.

What: Press conference and protest opposing Waste Management lobbying for limitation of local government’s authority to penalize environmental polluters. The groups will highlight the hypocrisy of the self-proclaimed image of Waste Management as an environmentally friendly corporate citizen.

When: Thursday, September 4 at 1:00pm

Where: Waste Management Headquarters- 1001 Fannin St. Houston, TX 77002 (corner of Fannin St and Lamar St)

Why: Residents living nearby the Waste Pits have dioxin from the Pits in their homes, their front yards, and battle serious health issues. Children are dying from rare brain tumors, going blind from rare eye cancers and many women are not able to carry their pregnancies full-term. These people deserve their local government to fight for them to live in environments free of carcinogenic dioxin and other contaminants from abandoned corporate waste. The people of Texas deserve to eat the fish they catch without subjecting themselves to toxic chemicals and those responsible for such contamination must be held accountable.