Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Houston Company Accused Of Dumping Hazardous Waste


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first_img Share Photo provided by the Harris County Attorney’s OfficeWright Containers L.L.C. is located at 6633 Lindbergh Street, in southeast Houston.A Harris County District Judge has granted a restraining order against a container company that operates in Houston and that the county and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) accuse of disposing of hazardous waste into the city’s storm sewer systems.Judge Jeff Shadwick, of Harris County’s 55th Judicial District, granted Monday, January 8th, a Temporary Restraining Order against Wright Containers L.L.C. forbidding it from accepting any hazardous waste at its local site, which is located at 6633 Lindbergh Street, in southeast Houston.The Temporary Restraining Order also forbids Wright Containers to dispose of waste into the city’s storm sewer system connected to Sims Bayou and to dispose of “existing stocks of waste.”On January 5th, the Harris County Attorney’s Office filed an application for a Temporary Restraining Order under Chapter 7 of the Texas Water Code and the Houston City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday, January 10th, on joining the county’s litigation or filing litigation against Wright Containers separately.Photo provided by the Harris County Attorney’s OfficeA Harris County District Judge has issued a restraining order against a container company that operates in Houston and that the county and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality accuse of disposing of hazardous waste into the city’s storm sewer systems.According to the background information included in the City Council’s Agenda, the Houston Police Department (HPD) received complaints about Wright Containers accepting and improperly disposing of hazardous waste.HPD obtained a search warrant and, after inspecting the site where Wright Containers is located on January 4th, determined that the complaints were “reliable and accurate.”“HPD officers found at the Property characteristic hazardous waste and evidence of unknown discharges of a sludge-like, gelatinous material into the storm sewer system and a sewer drain.  The HPD officers also observed several cracked, damaged totes leaking their contents onto the ground at the facility,” notes the background information pertaining to the Agenda item related to the issue.A news release for the Harris County Attorney’s Office detailed “Wright Containers operates an industrial packaging company that supplies totes, steel drums, and other packaging products” and added that “totes are large plastic chemical storage containers that are encased in a heavy metal wire cage.”Each tote is capable of holding approximately 300 gallons of waste.The news release also contended that “between 300 and 500 totes remain at the facility.”“Many contain hazardous waste, some of it is highly corrosive, and the totes are in various states of disrepair, with some leaking waste onto the ground,” the news release added, while explaining that Ron Wright, owner of Wright Containers, “has agreed to work with the County and City to ensure the business is in compliance with all applicable environmental laws before it resumes cleaning used containers.”A hearing for a temporary injunction has been set for January 19th.last_img

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