No evidence shows leakage of hazardous waste sites in Houston area: Texas governor

Updated 2017-09-06 13:30:36 Xinhua

There is no evidence so far of any leakage of waste or health threats in Houston area after Hurricane Harvey, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Tuesday.

An inspection of hazardous waste sites and landfills in the Houston area has found no evidence of any leakage or health threats, the governor told a press briefing at the state's Emergency Operations Center in Austin, the capital city of Texas.

Abbott said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is working closely with Federal Environmental Protection Agency officials to closely monitor the sites for any problems.

Leakage of hazardous waste from underground sites and landfills has been a concern in the Houston area as floodwater have receded.

Harvey blew ashore on Aug. 25 as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, displacing more than 1 million people and damaging some 200,000 homes in a path of destruction that stretches more than 300 miles (about 483 km). The Houston area has been devastated by severe flooding, after receiving about 1.4 meters of rain.

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