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File #: 22-4737    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 7/29/2022 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 8/2/2022 Final action:
Title: Request by the Commissioner of Precinct 1 for discussion and possible action to reaffirm the County's commitment to supporting legal action by the County Attorney's Office against Union Pacific in connection with the contamination at its facility in Kashmere Gardens/Fifth Ward.
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Department: Commissioner, Precinct 1
Department Head/Elected Official: Commissioner Rodney Ellis

Regular or Supplemental RCA: Supplemental RCA

Type of Request: Discussion Item

Project ID (if applicable): N/A
Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): N/A

MWDBE Contracted Goal (if applicable): N/A
MWDBE Current Participation (if applicable): N/A
Justification for 0% MWDBE Participation Goal: N/A - Goal not applicable to request

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):
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Request by the Commissioner of Precinct 1 for discussion and possible action to reaffirm the County's commitment to supporting legal action by the County Attorney's Office against Union Pacific in connection with the contamination at its facility in Kashmere Gardens/Fifth Ward.
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Background and Discussion:
On July 27th, 2022 the Office of the County Attorney's filed a Notice of Intent to sue Union Pacific Railroad Company under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. In 2019, after the existence of a cancer cluster was confirmed in the area near the Union Pacific facility in Kashmere Gardens/Fifth Ward, Commissioners Court authorized the Office of the County Attorney to represent resident interests and pursue relevant legal action against the corporation.

Expected Impact:
In addition to filing the Notice of Intent to Sue, discussing the County's commitment to legal action against Union Pacific in connection with the contamination in Kashmere Gardens/Fifth Ward will demonstrate our commitment to public health and environmental justice.


Alternative Options: N/A

Alignment with Goal(s):
_ Justice and Safety
_ Economic Opportunity
_ Housing
X Public Health
_ Transportation
_ Flooding
X Environment
_Governance and Customer Service

Prior Court Action (if any): N/A
Date
Agenda Item #
Action Taken
2/12/2020
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Discussion and update on the investigation of contamination at the Union Pacific Railroad facility at 4910 Liberty Road, Texas Department of State Health Services Cance...

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