September 2, 2017 / 9:21 PM / a year ago

Storm Harvey flooded or damaged 13 Texas Superfund sites -U.S. EPA

HOUSTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Saturday that 13 Superfund sites in Texas have been flooded or damaged by Hurricane Harvey, but that the full impact on the surrounding environment was not immediately clear.

The EPA said it found the flooded or damaged contaminated industrial sites using aerial images, but had been able to physically inspect only two of them so far. Neither require emergency cleanup, EPA said.

“Teams are in place to investigate possible damage to (the other 11) sites as soon flood waters recede, and personnel are able to safely access the sites,” EPA said.

Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Will Dunham

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