Houston Health Department says it has detected cancer-causing chemical around Fifth Ward near Kashmere Gardens
The Houston Health Department said Friday that surface soil samples collected in July around the contaminated Union Pacific rail yard and tested by the department contain dioxin, a highly toxic chemical compound associated with cancer and other severe health risks.
Houston-area authorities discuss ‘next steps’ for Kashmere Gardens, Fifth Ward environmental justice efforts
Houston and Harris County will be joined by environmental experts and Kashmere Gardens - Fifth Ward residents to announce the next step in seeking justice for families living in near the cancer cluster.
5th Ward residents rejoice over county, city plans to sue Union Pacific
Tuesday’s announcement that both Harris County and the city of Houston each plan to pursue legal action against Union Pacific Railroad over long-standing contamination in Houston’s Fifth Ward was welcome news among residents who have long fought for accountability.
Rail funds latest victory in Harlingen’s decades-long efforts
Such projects cut back on passing trains bottle-necking traffic, City Manager Gabriel Gonzalez said Thursday. Meanwhile, city officials continue planning to relocate the city’s last switching yard. “The ultimate goal will be to try to relocate the switching station completely out of town,” Gonzalez said, adding plans include moving the switching yard north of town. For years, city officials pushed to relocate Union Pacific’s East Commerce switching yard. In 2010, a $17 million project moved the big switching yard to Olmito, cutting down on regularly long delays of about 45 minutes.myrgv.com
Business owners in Houston’s East End, Fifth Ward say stalled trains are costing them money
Residents and business owners in Houston’s East End and Fifth Ward communities vented their frustration Thursday over stopped trains blocking major intersections, creating traffic jams as drivers wait – sometimes over an hour – for a train to clear the crossing.
EPA announced sweeping measures to improve the environmental health of communities in the south
The Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday announced sweeping measures meant to improve the environmental health of communities throughout the south, including parts of Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens, overwhelmed by a long-known cancer cluster.
‘Enough Is Enough’: Thousands Sue the City of Houston and Freight Rail Company Following Reported ‘Cancer Clusters,’ Including Family of 13-Year-Old Who Died of Leukemia
Latonya Payne, the legal guardian of her nephew Corinthian Giles, has sued the city of Houston, Texas, and Union Pacific Railroad after her nephew died […]news.yahoo.com
West Rail Trail project breaks ground
Thirteen years after a grass-roots group of West Brownsville residents assembled themselves to oppose a proposed toll road along what would become former Union Pacific railroad right of way, on Friday a ceremonial groundbreaking was held to mark their victory.myrgv.com
Fifth Ward residents demand answers from Union Pacific Railroad about cancer cluster found in neighborhood
The Environmental Protection Agency has given United Pacific Railroad until the end of the month to respond to a request for an action plan regarding the cleanup of a contaminated site in Houston’s Fifth Ward, which is believed to be the source of a cancer cluster.
Engine that carried George H.W. Bush to final resting place reaches its permanent Texas home
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Union Pacific No. 4141 Engine, a locomotive painted to match Air Force One, ended its journey Monday at its permanent home in front of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Museum. He traveled to Union Pacific Railroad headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. “We’re very proud to be part of this one.”Davidson, the former CEO of Union Pacific who helped create No.
‘We Know What We Want’: 5th Ward Residents Demand Action After Another Confirmed Cancer Cluster – Houston Public Media
A state investigation revealed another cancer cluster in Northeast Houston last month, but the news only confirmed what residents already knew. It's like the whole street died from cancer,” Edwards said. Residents have filed multiple lawsuits against Union Pacific, and negotiations over managing the waste are ongoing with state environmental officials. Shortly after the report was publicized, Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a statement requesting that Union Pacific fulfill these demands. The Houston Health Department's most recent sampling of locations above the groundwater plume took place late last year.houstonpublicmedia.org
Judge blocks strike over railroad's virus safety precautions
FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo the logo for Union Pacific appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A federal judge has blocked one of Union Pacific's main unions from going on strike over its concerns about the railroad's efforts to protect employees from the coronavirus. – A federal judge has blocked one of Union Pacific's main unions from going on strike over its concerns about the railroad's efforts to protect employees from the coronavirus. They have have said the union has similar concerns about virus precautions at the other major railroads, but they decided to press the issue first with Union Pacific. Union Pacific is one of the nation’s largest railroads, and it operates 32,400 miles (52,000 kilometers) of track in 23 Western states.