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New requirements for ingredient that triggered West explosion headed to Gov. Abbott

Dallas Morning News: The Senate gave final approval Thursday to new regulations for ammonium nitrate. The changes are in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in West that killed 15 people.

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Dallas’ bag fee is working — let it continue

Dallas Morning News Op-Ed: The 5-cent fee on disposable shopping bags has vastly reduced the sheer number of bags Dallas retailers and consumers are churning through.

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Battery recycling bill on table in Texas

E-Scrap News: The Texas Legislature’s serious consideration of a law mandating take-back and recycling for all household batteries sends a signal to other states considering the same, an advocate for the bill says.

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Schneider: Stop denials on ‘frackquakes’; preserve local ordinances

Austin American-Statesman Op-Ed: Scientists have finally begun to confirm what many Texans have long suspected – the oil and gas drilling technology known as “fracking” and the disposal of fracking wastes has likely caused earthquakes in North Texas.

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Austin’s next big zero-waste project is feeding nature’s recycling program

Austin Chronicle: Keeping organics out of the landfill is the next frontier for Austin Resource Recovery, which will this year propose to City Council a new residential collection program.

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2 years after West explosion, little regulation proposed

KVUE News Austin: Two years after the West explosion, some watchdog groups say the state has done little to improve safety involving chemical facilities.

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Overnight Vigil Held at Texas Capitol

Protesters across Texas erected an 18-foot mock fracking rig with a flare to protest HB 40, which would drastically limit local regulations on oil and gas extraction activities.

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City’s One Bin proposals raise financial, technology concerns

Houston Chronicle: The fate of the city’s cutting-edge “one bin” waste system that would feature a privately built, $100 million sorting facility is becoming increasingly uncertain.

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Fracking bills in Legislature fuel city-control debate

Dallas Morning News: It was standing room only at a House hearing on two bills that would restrict how cities can regulate oil and gas activities.

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Organizations Call on Dollar Stores to Protect Communities of Color and Low-Income Families

NorthDallasGazette.com: The new report found that the vast majority of dollar store products tested contained toxic chemicals linked to learning disabilities, cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses.

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