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We’re cracking down on Texas’ worst polluters.

Our Texas Clean Air Project won landmark settlements on behalf of Environment Texas members against Shell Oil in 2009 and Chevron Phillips in 2010, after the companies agreed to halt illegal emissions and pay millions in fines. Now, as ExxonMobil releases millions of pounds in excess pollution at its Baytown facility, we’re using the same legal strategy to demand compliance with the law.

Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Raw Sewage Released by Hurricane Harvey

Reports indicate that flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey spilled at least 31 million gallons of raw sewage in Texas, but likely spilled far more.1 That’s the equivalent of every person in Houston flushing a toilet seven times.* This pollution threatens human health.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Dealing with Debris From Hurricane Harvey

The floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey have receded, but the work to clean up in the storm’s aftermath has just begun. One thing left in Harvey’s wake is a tremendous amount of debris -- people’s belongings and furniture, parts of buildings, trees, and boats destroyed during the hurricane

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Get the Lead Out "Back to School" Toolkit

Our children need safe drinking water – especially at school where they go to learn and play each day. Unfortunately, lead is contaminating drinking water at schools and preschools across the country. The problem stems from pipes, plumbing, faucets and fixtures that contain lead. The common-sense solution is to “get the lead out” of schools’ water delivery systems. This “Back to School” toolkit designed to help parents, teachers and school officials get the facts on lead in drinking water and make the case for strong local action to ensure safe drinking water at school.

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

71% of Texas schools test positive for lead in drinking water

AUSTIN – 779 Texas schools have found lead in their drinking water, according to an analysis of testing data by Environment Texas. The analysis, an update of one completed in March, includes hundreds of additional tests from Austin, Houston, Humble, Alief, Garland and Northwest Independent School Districts. Environment Texas also offered a new toolkit to help parents, teachers, and administrators Get the Lead Out of schools’ drinking water.  Citing a lack of accurate information on lead contamination in water and how schools should prevent it, Environment Texas encouraged parents and teachers to put the new toolkit on their “back to school” reading list.

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San Antonio approves higher stormwater fees to help fight flooding, pollution | Brian Zabcik

Today, Environment Texas' Kern Williams delivered the following comments to the San Antonio city council in support of proposed, higher fees for stormwater:

"We support this increase in the city's stormwater utility fee. It pays for essential drainage infrastructure for the city. The fee is also valuable because it's calculated on a property's impervious cover. Properties with more impervious cover pay higher fees. This is fair, because more impervious cover produces more stormwater runoff that flows into the city's stormwater drainage system. Properties that create more work for the system should pay more to support it.

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