On April 3, 2013, the federal and State natural resource trustees settled natural resource damage claims with three parties arising from hazardous substances releases at the Greens Bayou Site in Harris County in southeastern Texas. Settling parties include: GB Biosciences Corp., ISK Magnetics, Inc. and Occidental Chemical Corp. The settlement is embodied in a Consent Decree that was entered by the U.S. District Court for the Southern Division of Texas, Houston Division.
The natural resource trustees involved in this case include:
The Greens Bayou Site is a 217-acre industrial area bisected by Hayden Road in the City of Houston. Surface water drainage from the site flows to the Harris County Flood Control District ditch, a partially-lined culvert as it passes through the site, which then drains to Greens Bayou. Historical operations at the site released hazardous substances, including DDT compounds. The trustees, in cooperation with the settling parties, determined that these hazardous substances releases injured benthic sediment habitat and organisms, aquatic habitats and organisms, terrestrial wildlife and habitat for State- and federally-protected species, including migratory birds.
Under the proposed settlement in the lodged Consent Decree, the settling parties, jointly and severally, will:
A final, publicly-reviewed “Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan” detailing the specific actions to be implemented to restore the injured natural resources and natural resource services, is incorporated in the Consent Decree as Appendix A.