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Bag ban, local control made our town cleaner

Darren Hodges: Some people who call themselves conservatives are trying to tell Fort Stockton and other communities that we are not allowed to solve our own problems in our own ways.

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Doctors’ groups press EPA for much stricter federal ozone limit

Dallas Morning News: The top doctors’ organizations in Texas and Dallas County, along with other groups and individuals, pressed hard on Thursday for a much tougher federal limit on ozone, or smog.

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Trahan: To rule out oil and gas activity as earthquake cause is not credible

Dallas Morning News Op-Ed: Geologists have known since the 1960s that hazardous waste injection wells can and do cause earthquakes, and recent scientific research has shown that fracking itself can cause tremors as well.

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Governor-elect Abbott wants to end local ban on plastic bags

Fox 7 News Austin: Texas is ushering in its first new governor in fourteen years and he’s drawing his first line in the sand that could pit local and state governments against each other.

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Suit seeks EPA decision on oil field chemical disclosure

Houston Chronicle: Environmentalists filed a lawsuit to force federal regulators to decide whether they should require companies to disclose the toxic chemicals released during oil exploration and production.

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Port Aransas bans single-use plastic bags

Corpus Christi Caller-Times: The Port Aransas City Council voted this week to ban the use of plastic bags at most retail stores within the island community.

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Environmental organization makes way through Lubbock

My Fox Lubbock: According to the Texas Campaign for the Environment, about three billion batteries are buried in landfills every year.

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Will Austin’s green self-image be realized in its “zero waste” goals?

Austin Chronicle: The zero-waste movement in Austin began coalescing in late 2001, when TCE canvassers, then focused primarily on air pollution, went door-to-door in Northeast Austin and heard complaints about the nearby landfills.

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Dallas Apartments and Hotels are Terrible at Recycling

Dallas Observer: Apartments, along with offices, hotels and other businesses, are part of an enormous blind spot in Dallas’ recycling efforts.

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Curbside Recycling To Be Expanded To All Houston Homes

Houston Public Media: City Council gave the green light to purchase 95,000 additional recycling bins for about $5 million — money that should be recovered by the sale of more recyclables and by using less space in landfills.

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