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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Modernizing NASA's Toxic Backyard Garbage

NASA's headquarters sits on the doorstep of Clear Lake, Houston's premier recreational area. But this 21st Century technology center lacks a 21st Century disposal facility for Household Hazardous Materials, such as old paint, pesticides, solvents, cleaning and auto chemicals.

It's estimated that the average homeowner stores about 100 pounds of this toxic waste in their garage, etc. If it's not there, it's going to go into our water - or Clear Lake. What I've discovered is that "lake people" are environmentally keen folks who want to keep our land and water uncontaminated. So do the thousands of people who are keeping this stuff out of landfills.

The Seabrook Association voted last week to lease 2 acres of land for building the first-of-its-kind "Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center" in the south Houston/Bay Area. It fills a big void in our toxic waster collection system. It is planned to be a "green" building. It will be a place homeowners can feel good about leaving their hazardous waste. In event of a hurricane, the stored waste would be shipped out --instead of floating around everyone's backyard.

The leaders of the Seabrook Association, the cities from Webster, Kemah, Dickinson, Pearland, Friendswood, Pasadena, Seabrook, etc who wrote letters supporting this facility, are to be commended. Now it just needs to be funded and built to clean NASA's backyard environmentally safe.

Without this facility, Houston and NASA's backyard would be a land of a hundred thousand toxic dumps.

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