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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
Most Austin city parks lack recycling though donations funded bins in biggest parks
Politifact: TCE’s handout says that “as many as 293 out of 300” Austin city “parks have no recycling, including almost every neighborhood park.” We rate the statement TRUE.
Dallas Takes a Huge Step toward Universal Recycling
From our blog: A committee of seven Dallas City Councilmembers voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that would require all apartments to begin recycling programs by January 1, 2020. The ordinance is scheduled for a full City Council vote on June 13.
Will PARD ever get enough money to implement recycling in the parks?
Austin Monitor: Resolution passes to recommend that in 2019 City Council fund the initiative to expand the recycling program in city of Austin parks and recreational facilities.
Where Do Cedar Park Mayor and Council Candidates Stand on Zero Waste?
From our blog: To help voters know just where the candidates stand, we asked the 8 candidates several questions about recycling and waste reduction.
Two Dallas Bars Ditching Plastic Straws
GreenSource DFW: Two Dallas bar owners recently announced they are switching from plastic to paper straws this month.
Clean up of San Jacinto Waste Pits moving forward
Houston Chronicle: A plan for designing the cleanup of the San Jacinto Waste Pits has been agreed upon by the Environmental Protection Agency and the companies responsible for the contamination.
Abbott lifts post-Harvey suspension of environmental regulations
Houston Chronicle: Gov. Greg Abbott’s office on Thursday lifted the suspension of environmental regulations put in place almost seven months ago as Hurricane Harvey bore down on Texas.
Advocacy Groups Say Post-Harvey Pollution Waivers Should Be Ended
Houston Public Media: Advocacy groups say Texas needs to reinstate pollution rules that have been suspended since Hurricane Harvey. They argue the waivers just aren’t needed more than seven months after the storm.
Silent Spills: For Crosby residents, a ‘bitter taste’ about Arkema, and little help from government
Houston Chronicle: When it became clear that the chemicals stored at Arkema’s Crosby plant were going to catch fire, emergency personnel evacuated residents within a 1.5 mile radius of the site. Despite this evacuation, chemicals were released into the air and the water during the accident.
Middle schoolers aim to make Houston plastic bag free
Houston Chronicle: Caoilin Krathaus and Lila Mankad, 12-year-old friends and classmates at Hogg Middle School, are sixth-graders on a campaign to save the world.