2019 Legislature Wraps up with Wins and Losses
From our blog: Texas Campaign for the Environment worked with neighbors of waste facilities or proposed waste facilities to get two good bills passed into law. We also helped defeat some legislation that would have made it more difficult to oppose pollution permits and pre-empt local governments when it came to waste facilities and tree ordinances, for instance.
Richardson City Council Elections – Survey of candidates and voting info
This questionnaire was created by Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund (TCE Fund) and our Richardson supporters in order to provide the public with direct responses from Richardson city council candidates on important environmental topics.
As Houston choked on toxic fumes, Texas legislators targeted air quality programs
Grist: While Houston was enduring the aftermath of the ITC chemical facility fire, about 200 miles west in Austin, a handful of Republican lawmakers in the Capitol building were pushing to move money out of Texas’ air quality programs.
Arlington City Council Elections – Survey of candidates and voting info
Election Information Early Voting Times April 22 – 26 Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. April 27 Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. April 28 Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. April 29 ‐ 30 Monday ‐ Tuesday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Early Voting Locations in City of Arlington: Bob Duncan Center 2800 South Center Street […]
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.
Op-Ed: Why Texas should ban plastic bags
Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: Plastic pollution is a serious problem. Let’s stop holding on so tightly to plastic bags — we’re better without them, and there’s no time like the present to act.
Our message to Austin City Council on City Manager finalist Howard Lazarus
From our blog: The Austin City Council may vote as early as this week on who to hire for their new City Manager. One of the finalists, Howard Lazarus, has raised considerable concern among TCE and other environmentalists.
An Enormous, Urgent Task: Hauling Away Harvey’s Debris
New York Times: Of all the challenges that southeast Texas faces after Hurricane Harvey, few will linger longer or more visibly than the millions of pounds of debris already crowding curbs and edging onto streets.
A victory for Texas trees — and for local control
Texas Tribune: Local tree conservation non-profits, arborists, landscape architects, local government officials, environmentalists and citizen groups all came together to press our legislators to stand against the unwise legislation.
Council to consider changes for waste disposal contracts
Austin Monitor: A series of recommendations made by a City Council working group seeks to address concerns from environmentalists and private waste haulers about how the city chooses the companies it pays to pick up and dispose of waste generated by its own employees and departments.