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. . , US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY VIOLATORS WILL BE PRoxrcuvED C 0 MIAMI NADA ;2.7.!ifteatalts 1-80 -EPe CONIAt,sINATED Ada NO TRESPASSING NO If KA: KA11,At Wad :J. CetYST A \(0M15gN ONMR:ACO!i* PO UM 131187 AMSTINA RESTRICTED AREA AUTHORIZED ENTER PERSONNEL ONLY Superfun With Superfund A sccHc tour of County’s 11 BEST toxic attractions STORY & PHOTOS BY Emily DePrang ouston is known for so many things: opera, oil, obesity. But one of its distinguishing characteristics has passed almost unnoticed: Harris County’s 11 Superfund sites. A Superfund site is a toxic waste dump so malignant that the Environmental Protection Agency has made its cleanup a national priority. The most any other county in Texas can boast is three sites. The sites have remained little known except to Houston’s poorest residents, who, thanks to the city’s lack of zoning, often live nearby. Some residents don’t even have this consolation, living unaware of the Superfund site adjacent to their neighborhood because warning signs are few and the city fails to widely publicize site locations. In the interest of letting all Texans in on Houston’s dirty little secret, the Observer has created this handy guide to the Superfinid sites of Harris County. Since there are so many, those who might want to follow in our footsteps should dedicate a weekend, but be advised, this tour can be hazardous to your health. H