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Toxic Surprise: Affordable Housing Project in East Houston Built on Contaminated Land

Summary

An affordable housing project in East Houston has been built on contaminated land, raising serious environmental and health concerns. Residents have reported symptoms like headaches and nosebleeds, prompting investigations into the soil and groundwater. Tests revealed hazardous substances, including lead and arsenic, remnants of a previous industrial site. The discovery has led to calls for immediate remediation and better oversight in selecting sites for affordable housing developments. The situation highlights systemic issues in urban planning and the environmental risks often faced by lower-income communities. Local authorities are now under pressure to ensure the safety of current residents and prevent similar incidents in future projects.

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