County Attorney Ryan Warns Recreational Fishermen
Of Dioxin Danger in San Jacinto River
WHO: Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan
WHAT: News conference to warn recreational fishermen of danger of catching and eating fish and blue crab near dioxin waste pits
WHERE: At Crosby-Lynchburg Ferry dock on east side of San Jacinto River (Take I-10 East, go south on Crosby-Lynchburg Ferry Road right after you cross the San Jacinto River and take road all the way to the ferry dock)
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Tuesday, August 28
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan is concerned that recreational fishermen continue to fish near the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Site. As Ryan has stated in lawsuits filed against four defendants, the site is polluted with dioxin, a toxic chemical that is absorbed by fish and blue crab in the river, potentially passing that toxin on the people who eat them.
Although many signs posted along the River warn of the danger of eating these fish and crabs, people still fish in this area. Ryan is especially worried about the upcoming Labor Day holiday when more people will be out fishing.
Ryan is asking the media to help spread the word to people that this area is dangerous and could seriously harm anyone who consumes fish and blue crabs caught there.