Should You Be Worried About Renting This Renovated House on the East Side of Houston? The refineries are miles away, after all. Is it better to go with the house on the west side, away from the toxins you hear about near the rail yards?
It turns out that none of these questions can be answered with the information available, as many former industrial facilities that landfill their hazardous waste on site have never been documented by government agencies. And, many of these sites show no trace of their past. Industrial “ghosts” in the form of contaminated soil may still be present under a new home, behind the corner cafe, or in a field of grass. Worse still, the risks they pose are compounded by extreme flooding made more frequent by climate change.