Texas County Sues Over Toxic Storage on River

"Angered that a riverside industrial waste pit leached potent toxins into the San Jacinto River for almost half a century, the Harris County [Texas] Attorney's Office is asking that those responsible be fined as much as the law allows -- $25,000 a day -- all the way back to the site's 1965 opening."

"Named as defendants in a lawsuit filed in Judge Caroline Baker's 295th state District Court are International Paper Co., McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corp., Waste Management of Texas, and Waste Management Inc.

'The day of reckoning is here,' said Rock Owens, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan's lead lawyer on the case. 'These penalties are there to punish, to send a message. … We're asking these companies to atone for what they've done.'

Spokesmen for International Paper and Waste Management said Tuesday that they have not received the lawsuit and would not comment."

Allan Turner reports for the Houston Chronicle December 27, 2011.

Source: Houston Chronicle, 12/29/2011