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The 2022 Texas Tribune Festival

After cancer-causing chemicals were found in Fifth Ward soil, Houston mayor says cleanup plans are inadequate

The city’s health department found dioxins in soil samples along the fence line of a Union Pacific rail yard. Mayor Sylvester Turner said during the 2022 Texas Tribune Festival that plans to clean up the contamination should now include relocating residents.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks at a panel moderated by Anna Palmer, CEO and co-founder of Punchbowl News, at The Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Sept. 24, 2022.

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