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Do not fish where dioxin is present; it's the pits!

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While fishing in waste pits does not sound like a good idea, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan is issuing a stern warning against it because some people are not heeding the advice and are at risk for consuming dioxin.

Ryan is reiterating the warning as Labor Day weekend approaches.

Not only should fishers not catch anything from the waters of the San Jacinto waste pits, no one should eat or distribute seafood from the waste pits, based on advisories from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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

The DSHS issued a consumption advisory for crab and all species of fish from the San Jacinto River and warned women who are nursing, pregnant or who might be pregnant and children under the age of 12 not to consume any fish or blue crab from the area.

Adults and children are also advised to avoid the risk of skin exposure to dioxin by not camping, fishing, swimming or picnicking near the San Jacinto River where the toxic waste ponds were located.

Although advisory are posted, Ryan said he is concerned worries that people are still fishing in the waste pits and with a lack of rain in Harris County, the dioxin is likely to be more concentrated in the river.

"Defendants placed their waste on the shores of the San Jacinto River, left it there, did not tell anyone that they were going to abandon it, and then took the position that they have no responsibility to the citizens of Harris County for polluting the river and that there is nothing harmful about eating dioxin," said Ryan. "That's not right and we are doing something about it."

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