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We stopped 20 state parks from closing

After devastating budget cuts in 2011, this spring, the Legislature restored funding for state and local parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had warned that 20 state parks would have to close without additional funds. But after a public outcry—including thousands of petition signatures from Environment Texas members—the Legislature boosted funding by $62 million. That's enough to keep all our state parks open, make critical repairs, replant trees destroyed by wildfire at Bastrop State Park, and to give grants to cities to build new parks, ball fields and playgrounds.

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Metzger, Smith: Our water infrastructure isn't up to task to handle pollution

Last month, more than 2 million gallons of raw sewage overflowed across Houston, the result of Halloween weekend rains swamping the sewage system.

The sheer volume of stormwater transmitted by roads and parking lots into sewers overwhelmed the capacity of the system and sewage was released to nearby bayous and ultimately to Galveston Bay.

Unfortunately, this wasn't an isolated incident - there are more than 40,000 sewer overflows every year in the United States. These events, along with other pollution picked up by stormwater, contribute to 80 percent of the major waterways in Greater Houston not being safe for swimming or fishing.

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San Antonio's CPS Energy should pick CEO who will go solar | Luke Metzger

CPS Energy is hiring a new CEO – they should pick a leader to help them go solar. Under the leadership of the past CEO, Doyle Beneby, San Antonio’s municipally owned utility has made great strides to expand the use of renewable energy. But his departure leaves CPS’ solar future unclear. Now momentum is growing for a new "green" hire. 

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Texas attorney general reignites attacks on feds environmental policy at event

“Polls show Texans support badly needed federal action to clean up our air and water and protect our climate,” said Luke Metzger, director of the environmental activist group Environment Texas. “General Paxton’s obstructionism is not serving the will of the people, but the will of the big polluters who fund his campaigns. Texas voters, and a growing number of Texas businesses, want our state leaders to put politics aside, roll up their sleeves and get to work implementing these environmental safeguards.”

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EPA: Take potential Clean Air Act violations seriously. | Sara E Smith

Major facilities in Texas frequently break the law and exceed the amount of pollution they are allowed to release based on their agreed upon permit terms.

All too often, government agencies allow these violations of Clean Air permits to go unpunished, whether from lack of political will, lack of resources or other reasons.  This lax enforcement encourages facilities to continue polluting—and endangering public health—with impunity.

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Time to ban the beads | Russell Bassett

We all want our teeth to be clean after brushing, and our bodies to be clean after showering, but did you know the products used in these everyday activities could be harming wildlife? Hundreds of commonly-used household products contain tiny plastic microbeads, which can be a big problem for our environment. 

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