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Pesticides, Petroleum Found in Houston Water Runoff

May 09, 2016

By: KLBJ Newsroom  | Original Source

Authorities have concluded that pesticides and petroleum additives have entered the runoff from fire-fighting efforts at a Houston warehouse complex.

A Houston Fire Department statement says environmental contractors were containing the petroleum additives Thursday at several points along Spring Branch Creek. But the pesticides are water-soluble and cannot be contained or removed from the creek's waters.

The fire department statement says the waters in the creeks and bayous nearby are still high because of recent heavy rains and floods. Officials expect that will help dilute the pesticides and minimize their effects.

In the meantime, officials are warning the public to avoid the affected areas of Spring Branch Creek and ditches, canals and culverts until further notice.

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