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Posts published in “Day: April 21, 2022

ANOTHER DELAY REQUESTED FOR WASTE PITS, EPA SAYS NO

At a press conference last week, on the banks of the San Jacinto River, Activist Jackie Medcalf calls for no delays requested by the Responsible parties. (THEA photo)

Consultant deems Remediation Plan “unworkable”

By Gilbert Hoffman

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – The Responsible Parties who are supposed to be working on the plan to remove toxic dioxin from the Waste Pits in the San Jacinto River, have instead sent a letter to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) asking for a delay in the schedule, because they state that the current removal methods they had agreed to are unworkable, or “not implementable.”

Citing new information they are asking for a revised ROD (Record of Decision) which tells them how to clean up the site.

At a press conference last week, on the banks of the San Jacinto River near the Waste Pits, activist Jackie Medcalf called for no delay, saying the process has taken too long, and the objections now are simply “smoke and mirrors” in an attempt by the Responsible Parities to avoid or minimize the remediation work.

A current map of the Waste Pits shows the conflict between the I-10 right-of-way for a new bridge, and the need for access for Waste Pits remediation.

Two die in another train/car collision

Amtrak passenger train stopped on tracks near Old Beaumont Highway and Van Hut Lane, Saturday night after hitting a car attempting to cross the tracks. Despite damage to the engine, the train later continued westbound to Los Angeles.

Vehicle drove around crossing gates

HARRIS COUNTY – Two people died after a train reportedly slammed into a car in northeast Harris County Saturday evening.

According to officials from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred in the 12900 block of Beaumont Highway and Van Hut Lane around 8 p.m.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a news conference that a Chrysler 300 attempted to cut around the railroad crossing arms, when an Amtrak passenger train collided with the vehicle.

The vehicle was then engulfed in flames, according to Gonzalez.

Deputies said two people were ejected from the vehicle. Both died at the scene.

Sales Tax Holiday April 23- 25 for Emergency supplies

(AUSTIN) — As we enter severe weather season, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 25.

“Whether it’s fires, freezing temperatures or tornadoes, severe weather conditions can strike at any time, so it is important that families, homes and businesses have the supplies they need to face these and other emergencies,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday can help Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations.”

The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save more than $1.5 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, which was approved by the Texas Legislature in 2015.

There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:

Crosby ISD recognized for Education Excellence

Named H-E-B Semi-Finalist

Crosby ISD announces that the District has been recognized as a Semi-Finalist for the 2022 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. Crosby ISD was one of 25 Districts across the state to be honored as a Semi-Finalist in the School District category. 8 Districts were announced as finalists in January.

From the nomination to the submission process, H-E-B, has been generous with time and support for Crosby ISD. We greatly appreciate H-E-B’s award of $1000 that will be used to support our students and staff. The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards are the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas.

H-E-B also generously supports Crosby ISD’s Cougar Excellence awards. Each month, seven students are honored, because they exemplify our values and serve as outstanding role models for their classmates. Each student receives a generous gift card from H-E-B as part of their recognition packet.