"U.S. EPA officials determined in 2014 that 'flooding and inundation from more intense' storms could spur Superfund sites to spew contaminants.
And after Hurricane Harvey's torrential rains in southeast Texas last month, their predictions seemed to have come true.
Local activists discovered mercury globules and mysterious stains left as floodwaters receded near the still-submerged San Jacinto River Waste Pits along the San Jacinto River in Channelview, Texas.
But the EPA report warning that climate change-fueled storms pose similar risks to communities near the nation's most polluted tracts is no longer accessible via the agency's Superfund climate adaptation webpage. A link to the three-year-old report, which also included steps to prepare sites for a warmer world, now leads to a page that says it is being updated 'to reflect EPA's priorities under the leadership of President Trump.'"