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Let the People Vote! TCE and Allies Deliver Thousands of No Desal Petitions
TCE and Save the Bay for the Greater Good deliver thousands of petitions asking Corpus Christi Mayor and City Council to hold a public vote on the November ballot to determine whether or not the City can build desalination projects.Read More
Lovell: Nuclear energy? No, it’s a bad deal for Austin
Austin American-Statesman Op-Ed: Instead of nuclear power, the task force recommended keeping bills low using energy efficiency, renewables, and gas while ramping down our share of the Fayette coal plant.
Environmental groups sue Lower Colorado River Authority
Austin Business Journal: Three anti-pollution groups have accused the Lower Colorado River Authority of committing 10,000 violations against the federal Clean Air Act.
EPA chief calls for e-waste export ban
E-Scrap News: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson called for stronger legislation governing the export of scrap electronics.
New report ranks Texas last in recycling old computers
Fort Worth Star Telegram: In 2009, Texas ranked dead last in per capita collections of old computers among the seven states that require manufacturers to take back old equipment from consumers, according to a report released this week by the Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund.
Austin should nix plastic bags, group says
Austin American Statesman: A group of environmental advocates wants the City of Austin to ban plastic bags, saying the bags are an environmental scourge and that retailers have not substantially reduced the use of the bags through a voluntary program.
GHASP Takes On Toxic Chemicals In…Well, Just About Everything
Houston Press: Standing in front of an 20-foot-tall pseudo-rubber ducky, local public health advocates on Friday morning threw their support behind recently proposed federal legislation to update and upgrade the laws governing toxic chemicals used in consumer products.
SMU professor Al Armendariz named EPA region administrator
Dallas Morning News: Texas environmentalists lobbied in support of Armendariz, arguing that the region needed an environmental advocate with strong scientific credentials.
Groups rally to guarantee public access to Texas coast
Daily Texan: The proposition would add an amendment to the Texas Constitution guaranteeing public access to beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.
Surprise Veto of TV Recycling Bill Turns Heads
San Antonio Current: Since the 81st regular legislature closed up shop, environmental organizations waited to hear Governor Rick Perry officially sign HB 821, otherwise known as the TV TakeBack Bill, into law. But Perry vetoed the bill instead.
Texas governor rejects TV recycling bill
ABC News: Texas Gov. Rick Perry surprised environmentalists when he recently vetoed the TV Take Back Bill, which would have allowed Texans to recycle their outdated televisions for free as part of the necessary switch to digital TV.