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Harvey aftermath: Dioxins, PCBs and other pollutants impacting children and women of child-bearing age

The waters of Galveston Bay south of Houston and Sabine Lake in the Golden Triangle area (Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange) have had a tremendous amount of water pollution history.

The Houston/Galveston area has numerous superfund sites which are designated major pollution sites that need years and sometimes decades worth of cleanup efforts.

These pollutants have already impacted wildlife and found their way into the human population via fishing which is very popular in the region.

With many superfund sites underwater and flooding into neighborhoods, marshes and into fisheries what will happen in the long run?

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Speckled trout, the most popular sport fish on the Texas coast, absorbs several potentially deadly pollutants.

What are the threats to wildlife and people?

These warnings come from the Texas Department of Health and have been established in the area for years.

Sabine Lake and contiguous Texas waters in Jefferson and Orange counties (Chemical of Concern: Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

*For gafftopsail catfish, adults should limit consumption to no more than three 8-ounce meals per month.

*Children under 12 and women who are pregnant, nursing or may become pregnant should limit consumption to no more than one 4-ounce meal per month

Houston Ship Channel and all contiguous waters north of the Fred Hartman Bridge, State Highway 146 including the San Jacinto River below the Lake Houston dam (Chemicals of Concern: Dioxins, Organochlorine pesticides, Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

*For all species of fish and blue crabs, adults should limit consumption to no more than one, 8-ounce meal per month.

*Women of childbearing age and children under 12 should not consume any fish or blue crabs from this area.

Upper Galveston Bay and all contiguous waters north of a line drawn from Red Bluff Point to Five-Mile Cut Marker to Houston Point (Chemicals of Concern: Dioxins and Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

*For all species of catfish, spotted seatrout and blue crab, adults should limit consumption to no more than one, 8-ounce meal per month.

*Children under 12 and women of childbearing age should not consume spotted seatrout, blue crabs or any catfish species from this area.

Galveston Bay and all contiguous waters including Chocolate Bay, East Bay, Trinity Bay and West Bay (Chemicals of Concern: Dioxins and Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

*For all species of catfish, adults should limit consumption to no more than one, 8-ounce meal per month.

*Children, and women who are nursing, pregnant or who may become pregnant should not consume catfish from these waters.

This brings a frightening element to the old statement, “You are what you eat”.

Lets pray for these pollutants to not impact people already devastated in the region for much wiser stewardship of our resources.

Chester Moore, Jr.