This is very good news.
Lavaca Bay was designated as a Superfund hazardous waste site in the 1990s after a now-idled Alcoa aluminum and chlor-alkali plant released an estimated 1.2 million pounds of mercury into its waters from 1966-79.
Following the challenge by Earthjustice, a review by the Corps of Engineers found “discrepancies” in the dredging volumes calculated across its various studies, prompting a revocation of approval for a project that’s been in the works for a decade.
“It was the most amazing surprise,” said Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation shrimper and oyster harvesters who fought against the project.
After years of little response to their campaign against the plans, Wilson said she and other community leaders were shocked at the abrupt reversal.