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Our Message to Austin City Council on City Manager Finalist Howard Lazarus

TCE Blog (The Austin City Council may vote as early as this week on who to hire for their new City Manager. One of the finalists, Ann Arbor, Michigan City Administrator and former Austin Director of Public Works Howard Lazarus, has raised considerable concern among TCE and other environmentalists. Here is our message to Mayor […]

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Health concerns swirl in Texas months after floods from Harvey spread toxic waste

PBS NewsHour (Photo Courtesy of Greg Moss) Three months after Hurricane Harvey struck the shores of Texas, some local environmental groups say they are in the dark about the safety of federal Superfund sites damaged during the storm. In the days following the hurricane that made landfall there on Aug. 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection […]

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Victory for the San Jacinto and a New Fight for TCE

TCE Blog By Robin Schneider, Executive Director On October 11, 2017 the EPA ordered the full removal of dioxin-laden waste pits just outside of Houston on the San Jacinto River. Big companies like Waste Management Inc. and International Paper are now on the hook for as much as $115 million. You read that correctly: the current […]

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As Austin concludes recycling phase-in, city preps for zero-waste diversion goal by 2040

Community Impact News (Courtesy of City of Austin)   Is Austin’s goal of sustainability sustainable? The city aims to be zero-waste by 2040—meaning 90 percent of discarded materials will be either recycled or composted and not sent to landfills—yet 80 percent of the items at city landfills could have been recycled or composted, according to […]

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Environmentalists protest EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s planned speech in The Woodlands

Houston Chronicle By Alex Stuckey Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, speaks during CERWeek by IHS Markit Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle ) HOUSTON — About a dozen advocates called on Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt to take a “Toxic Tour” of contaminated areas in Houston during his visit […]

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EPA Orders Cleanup at Texas Toxic Site Flooded by Harvey

Chicago Tribune: Trump administration orders two big corporations to pay for a $115 million cleanup at a Texas toxic waste site that may have spread dangerous levels of pollution during the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

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Austin’s recycling ordinance enters next phase; city works toward zero waste goal

Community Impact News: When the last phase of the recycling ordinance rolls out Oct. 1, all multi-family and non-residential commercial properties will be required to provide tenants and employees with convenient access to recycling services.

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Houston Superfund site leaked toxic chemicals after Harvey: EPA

ABC News Houston: New test results found very high levels of chemicals called dioxins around the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site in Channelview. Thursday’s testing results released by EPA found levels at 70,000 nanograms per kilogram, more than 2,000 times the recommended level of 30 ng/kg.

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Fort Worth Recycling Plan Passes with Key Upgrades

From our blog: Fort Worth City Council voted to approve their 20-year “Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan.” As a result of widespread citizen participation and advocacy, the final document included many more program and policy goals to reduce waste and increase recycling than originally planned.

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130+ Organizations Demand a Just Harvey Relief Effort Without Subsidies for Fossil Fuel and Petrochemical Companies

WASHINGTON – Organizations in the Gulf and across the country released a joint statement today expressing solidarity with the thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey and demanding that recovery funds flow to frontline communities, not to the oil, gas, and petrochemical companies that compounded Harvey’s impacts. This statement comes as former Shell CEO Marvin Odum was recently tapped […]

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