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Houston Runoff Election Environmental Questionnaire

From our blog: We led a group of environmental, environmental justice, civil rights and civic engagement organizations to produce a short questionnaire for Houston candidates. Election day is December 12th, 2015.

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Groups sue top Texas environmental regulator over air pollution permits

KXAN News Austin: Several environmental advocacy groups have sued the state’s top environmental regulation agency for alleged inadequate handling of several air pollution permits.

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Council approves new recycling standards for construction material

Austin Monitor: In a victory for environmentalists, City Council voted to approve an ordinance that sets limits on the amount of material from a construction or demolition site that can go to waste.

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Protesters target Pier 1 over flame retardants in furniture

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Shortly after a protest at its downtown headquarters, Pier 1 publicly announced its commitment to removing flame retardant chemicals from furniture.

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Victory: Pier 1 Eliminates Toxic Flame Retardants

We can’t count on corporate or government leaders to take protective action out of the blue. Sometimes they need a little push.

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Media Release: Pier 1 Faces Demonstration Over Chemicals in Furniture

Advocacy organizations and consumers have become concerned with the flame retardant chemicals in their clothing, furniture, and electronics as it is becoming clear that they pose more harm than good.

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Phasing out toxic flame retardants

The widespread use of toxic flame retardants is a perfect example of what happens when industry lobbyists get to decide our public policy. Don’t get mad – get organized.

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Texans Believe in Climate Change and Want Local Control

From our blog: Data now makes it clear that Texans are tired of these politics-as-usual games.

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EPA to Require Toxic Release Reporting from Gas Plants

Texas Tribune: Hundreds of gas plants across the country — and as many as 180 in Texas — soon will have to alert the federal government if they discharge, produce or handle certain toxic chemicals like benzene or hydrogen sulfide.

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Statement on U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Press release: U.S. EPA proposes new program to reduce carbon emissions, publishes Clean Power Plan – read our response.

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