Sugar Land, TX - Sugar Land City Council approved an agreement on Oct. 18 with Thermo Fisher Scientific that ensures the remediation of contaminated property and the surveying and remediation of surrounding properties.
On April 20, 2015, the City of Sugar Land was notified by the news media that a small amount of radioactive material was accidently released inside Thermo Fisher’s facility, 1410 Gillingham Lane, on April 14, 2015. Because the state is not currently required to notify the City of such material releases, the City of Sugar Land took proactive, deliberate measures to obtain answers from Thermo Fisher and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the environmental regulatory agency responsible for monitoring radioactive materials and remediation.
As part of these efforts, the City learned in March 2016 that very small amounts of radiation were detected in a City-owned ditch near the Thermo Fisher facility. According to DSHS, and also confirmed by the City’s independent environmental consultant, ESE Partners, there is no risk to the general public.
Because Chapter 11 of the City’s Development Code prohibits illicit discharges into City ditches, the City secured a remediation agreement with Thermo Fisher that holds the company to the highest standard by ensuring Thermo Fisher restores City-owned and all other affected properties to their original condition and conducts surveying and remediation of surrounding properties. Highlights of the agreement follow:
About the City of Sugar LandSugar Land is located in Fort Bend County, 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston. Sugar Land is a full-service municipality providing police and fire protection, water / wastewater utilities, solid waste collection, curbside recycling, a regional airport, parks and recreation, public works, planning / zoning and other services. As a regional employment center, the City is home to numerous high-profile regional and international corporations housed in more than 25 million square feet of commercial space.