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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
Galveston at front of bag-ban battle
Houston Chronicle: Reacting to a groundswell of concern about the effect of plastic bags on the environment, Galveston is on the forefront of a statewide controversy over cities’ ability to ban plastic bags that are killing turtles, birds and fouling beaches.
Tire crumb – dangerous or safe for your kids?
KVUE News Austin: We’re days away from learning if a rubber material used on playgrounds and athletic fields are safe for children, as three federal agencies are researching the health risks of rubber tire crumb.
What a Trump win might mean for Texas’ environment
San Antonio Express-News: With Republicans set to control the White House and Congress, perhaps environmentalists across the country can learn a thing or two from those working in Texas.
Will the Railroad Commission ever be accurately named?
Texas Observer: Though the Railroad Commission of Texas hasn’t overseen trains for more than three decades, some members of the Legislature and the oil and gas lobby continue to fight to keep the agency’s misleading name.
You’re invited to our post-election party in Dallas, but first, VOTE!
You’ve probably heard a million reasons why don’t need to vote. We’ve got a few arguments why you should–and we’re also throwing in a party invitation!
Texas & national bag reduction advocates blast Texas Attorney General’s assault on local bag law
Media Release: State and national bag law advocates convened this week to defend bag ordinances in the wake of embattled Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Texas’ first local law against bag pollution in Brownsville.
Vote for a Texas free from pollution
From our blog: We’ll just come right out and say it: more Texans need to vote with the environment in mind.
Environmental groups worry if Houston can limit oil drilling near drinking water source
Houston Public Media: Residents and environmentalists say a big concern is that if the proposed well is successful, it’ll start a rush by other drillers to look for oil near the shores of Lake Houston.
Op-Ed: Fort Worth lacks ambition on solid waste management plan
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Op-Ed: While the Fort Worth plan has some good ideas, it does not include specific policies to achieve substantial landfill diversion or sustainability within the 20-year period. The city can do better!
Environmentalists push Austin for curbside composting
Time Warner Cable: Environmental activists push for curbside composting to add a third bin alongside a homeowners’ recycling and trash cans, strictly for organic food waste.