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Report: Texas criteria for polluted site cleanup ‘significantly weaker’ than neighboring states
Texas Tribune: A new report says the standards Texas uses to determine how much — and whether — to clean up contaminated sites are ‘significantly weaker’ than those of neighboring states and the federal government.Read More
Dallas recycling stuck at only half its goal for ‘zero waste’
Dallas Morning News: The city of Dallas is recycling at just half the rate it set as a goal in a “Zero Waste” plan that City Hall approved three years ago. But the city’s not kicking the blue bins to the curb just yet.
Texas Railroad Commission: Oil and gas proponent or regulator?
Following a town hall meeting in Grapevine, it’s clear that many North Texans want significant changes made to the Texas Railroad Commission at the State Capitol next year. Here’s our recap of the meeting and how you can get involved in the process.
Wheels for Ideals
From our blog: We still have two Chevy Suburbans in TCE’s fleet – 2001 and 2002 models at that! It’s time to retire those beauties and get better vehicles. You can support our “Appeal for Wheels” today.
Dallas joins the fight for clean air
From our blog: Dallas City Hall made a bold step in advocating for reduced air pollution, clean air controls, and incentives to grow residential solar power.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings urges state to stop playing ‘game of chicken’ with feds over air pollution
With the help of environmental and clear air advocates, Dallas City Council passed a resolution urging the state to strengthen its plan to fight ozone pollution.
Austin’s plans for citywide composting program take shape
Austin American-Statesman: Advocates say composting is the necessary next step toward the city’s “Zero Waste” goal, which aims to reduce trash sent to landfills and incinerators 90 percent by 2040.
In fourth-largest city in America, an 8-year-old steps up to recycle city’s glass
Houston Press: Yeah, that’s right, leave it to an eight-year-old in the fourth-largest city in America to make collecting roughly one-fifth of the city’s recycling tonnage his responsibility, as though 2016 Houston is the setting of a bleak Victorian-era Dickensian novel.
Enforcing Texas’ oil & gas laws
The Texas Railroad Commission needs to get serious about enforcing state laws meant to prevent oil & gas industry pollution, tracking their performance, and making violation and penalty information available to the public and our elected officials.
Time to can the toxic chemicals
From our blog: Remember a few years ago when news spread about the chemical BPA being banned from plastic baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups? A new study shows this potentially harmful chemical is still being widely used in canned food products across the country.
Recycling will stay – Zero Waste should be next
Mayor Turner and City Council voted to continue curbside recycling with the exception of glass. We’re making progress, Houston. Now let’s commit to Zero Waste!