News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Illegal Air Pollution in Texas Declined 54% During COVID Recession

Texas industries reported releasing 46 million pounds of illegal air pollution in 2020, a decrease of 54 percent from 2019 caused by the COVID-19 economic downturn, according to state data analyzed by the Environmental Integrity Project and the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Interior Dept to lease Gulf of Mexico for offshore wind

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced today plans to deploy 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy by 2030, including in the Gulf of Mexico. A newly released leasing schedule projects that the Interior Department will decide on an area of the Gulf to lease by early 2022, with a lease sale by the end of that year. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Biden honors U.S. conservation legacy by restoring protections for Utah, New England monuments

President Joe Biden is expected to restore protections Friday for three national monuments. The original boundaries for two Utah areas, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, and the original protections for the U.S. Atlantic’s only marine monument, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, will be reinstated after being stripped during the Trump administration. 

News Release | Environment Texas

New report: Austin experienced 103 days of polluted air in 2020

AUSTIN, TEXAS–  The Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown metro area, home to 2.2 million people, suffered through 103 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and TexPIRG Education Fund. Statistics from 2020 represent the most recent data available. Air pollution causes 17,000 deaths every year in Texas.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. House of Representatives must pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote early next week on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a major bipartisan package for transportation, clean water, power infrastructure and broadband. 

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