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US House votes to weaken Clean Air Act

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to adopt H.R. 4775, sponsored by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas). Dubbed the “Smoggy Skies Act,” the measure would permanently weaken the Clean Air Act, block updated ozone pollution limits for years, and impose sweeping changes to future standards for smog-forming ozone and five other major air pollutants.

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Federal appeals court rules for environmental groups in major clean air act case against Exxon

HOUSTON – At a press conference in front of the federal district courthouse today, environmental groups will cheer a federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that has reinstated their Clean Air Act enforcement suit against ExxonMobil Corporation concerning thousands of air pollution violations at the company’s Baytown, Texas, oil refinery and chemical plant complex. Last Friday, in a 40-page decision, a unanimous three-judge appellate panel held that U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner “erred in [his] analysis of Exxon’s liability” and “abused [his] discretion” by refusing to assess a civil penalty for Exxon’s thousands of admitted violations of the law.

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Texas breakdown: 68 million pounds of pollution released during industrial malfunctions and maintenance last year

AUSTIN-- More than 68 million pounds of mostly illegal air pollution poured from 679 facilities in Texas during 3,421 incidents of breakdowns and maintenance in 2015, according to a new report based on state records.

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Citizen groups to federal appeals court: hold Exxon accountable

NEW ORLEANS – ExxonMobil should face severe sanctions for releasing 10 million pounds of illegal, health-threatening air pollution into the densely populated communities around Baytown, Texas, attorneys for citizen-based environmental groups said today before a three-judge panel of the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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New EPA smog rules are an improvement, but not good enough

“Less health-threatening pollution is better, but it’s not good enough for the more than half a million kids in Texas with asthma and all of us who want to breathe clean air.”

-- Sara E. Smith, Environment Texas

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EPA announces final rule to curb refinery pollution and improve public health

The Environment Protection Agency has just released a final rule designed to protect communities from toxic oil refinery pollution, which includes long overdue health standards and expanded air monitoring along refinery fencelines.

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24 legislators earn 100%, 2 earn 0% on Environment Texas scorecard

AUSTIN –Twenty four legislators earned 100% ratings and two earned scores of 0% this past legislative session, according to Environment Texas’ 2015 Legislative Scorecard.

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Federal Court Gives Exxon Free Pass Despite Thousands of Air Pollution Violations

HOUSTON – A federal district court has refused to order any penalty or issue any other sanctions against ExxonMobil Corporation, despite the company’s admissions during a three-week trial in February that it committed many thousands of violations of the federal Clean Air Act at its Baytown, Texas, refinery and chemical plant complex.

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Environment Texas Welcomes EPA Proposal to Cut Refinery Pollution

AUSTIN - Environment Texas praised a draft proposal announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would require refineries to reduce toxic emissions and install fence line monitors to detect — and warn residents about — pollutants emitted into surrounding neighborhoods. 

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Trial Begins Monday in Clean Air Act Lawsuit Against ExxonMobil

HOUSTON – Trial begins Monday in a Houston federal courtroom in a lawsuit filed by Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter and Environment Texas against ExxonMobil for massive and repeated violations of the Clean Air Act at the oil giant’s Baytown manufacturing facility, the largest in the nation. The lawsuit, which will be presided over by U.S. District Judge David Hittner, accuses ExxonMobil under the Clean Air Act (CAA) of releasing nearly 10 million pounds of pollutants in over 4,000 so-called “emission events” since 2005 from its refinery-chemical plant complex in Baytown, TX, endangering the health and safety of thousands of Houston-area residents.

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