News Release | Environment Texas

Statement: Federal regulators make wrong decision in allowing new nuclear waste site in Texas

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved a private company’s plan Monday to store nuclear waste in the Permian Basin of West Texas. 

News Release | Environment Texas

STATEMENT: Tropical Storm Nicholas bears down on Texas

AUSTIN, Texas -- For the sixth time in the past three months, a tropical storm or a hurricane is aiming for the now-waterlogged United States’ Gulf Coast. Tropical Storm Nicholas, which is poised to make landfall sometime Monday, would be the first to directly strike Texas in 2021. While Nicholas is unlikely to achieve hurricane status, the National Hurricane Center is warning those in its path of the potential for “life-threatening inundation” by storm surge, with as much as 20 inches of rainfall in some areas causing both that surge and flash flooding. As we saw when Hurricane Ida reached land two weeks ago, these powerful storms can lead to both power outages and industrial accidents. Like Tropical Storm Mindy last week, Nicholas developed close to the Gulf shore, leaving little time for the operators of oil, gas and other dangerous facilities to prepare for the worst. In response, Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger released the following statement:

News Release | Environment Texas

Parks commission votes to protect exceptional habitat near Guadalupe River State Park

AUSTIN --- Today, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) voted to protect 515 acres of land near Guadalupe River State Park slated for a new housing development. The development could have led to pollution of the Honey Creek and the Guadalupe River and destroyed habitat for endangered wildlife such as the Golden Cheeked Warbler, Guadalupe Bass and Texas Salamander. Environment Texas Conservation Associate Seth Billingsley, who testified in support of the acquisition at today’s commission meeting, released the following statement.

News Release | Environment Texas

Senate votes to revitalize American infrastructure

The U.S. Senate voted 69 to 30 today to adopt the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a major bipartisan package for transportation, clean water, power infrastructure and broadband. Texas Senators Cornyn and Cruz both voted against the bill. Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger pointed to many of the bill's provisions as providing great benefit to the health and environment of Texas.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: New IPCC report underscores need to act on climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its first global assessment of the science of global warming since 2013 on Monday. The report details the potential catastrophic impacts on the world's oceans, ice caps and land in the coming decades if we fail to rapidly reduce emissions and meet our climate goals.