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.
Environmental groups speak out at hearing on Exxon air quality permit
KIIITV News: A hearing was held by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Thursday aimed at finding out just how much opposition to the project there is.
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.
Hurricane Harvey’s toxic impact deeper than public told
Associated Press: More than a half-year after floodwaters swamped America’s fourth-largest city, the extent of this environmental assault is beginning to surface, while questions about the long-term consequences for human health remain unanswered.
How grassroots groups are mobilizing Texans on top issues
Texas Tribune: Five community organizers tell us how they rally people around issues.
Costs may hamper environmental legislative plans
El Paso Times: From banning plastic checkout bags to trying to save honeybees, Texas environmental groups have a long wish list as the 2017 legislative session gets underway.
Texas Railroad Commission: Oil and gas proponent or regulator?
Following a town hall meeting in Grapevine, it’s clear that many North Texans want significant changes made to the Texas Railroad Commission at the State Capitol next year. Here’s our recap of the meeting and how you can get involved in the process.