Vince Ryan: Watch what you fish.
Vince Ryan: Watch what you fish.

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan: Don't Let That San Jac River Dioxin Be Part Of Your Holiday Meal

The Labor Day weekend is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate than taking the family out fishing for some good ol' Texas seafood fresh from the water?

Especially if it's fresh from dioxin-laden water, like the stuff down by the San Jacinto River Waste Pits.

Frankly, any family outing that begins with Dad cheerfully proposing a trip to something called the "San Jacinto River Waste Pits" is going to have to overcome a pretty high hurdle in terms of getting a "yes" vote, but this is Texas and we don't always pay attention to what no high-falutin' "experts" think is a reasonably "safe" fishin' hole.

So people will be out fishing by the Pits, and presumably eating the fish they catch. Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan isn't down with that.

"Although [the] Texas Department of Health has issued a Fish & Shellfish Consumption Advisory for the area near the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, recreational and commercial fishing continues in this area," Ryan said. "I am very, very concerned that dioxin-laden seafood is still finding its way to Harris County dinner tables."

The state has warned kids and nursing mothers not to -- among other things -- consume crab or fish from the area, and people should not be camping near any ponds by the Pits (again, common sense?).

Ryan's office has filed suits against several entities involved in operations in the area. The suits grind on through the court system.

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