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New Report: Gulf of Mexico Makes Little Progress Increasing the Number of Healthy Fish Stocks, Feds Hide Failures Using Shell Games

Zero federal fish stocks managed solely by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council are known to be healthy, and this number has not changed since 2001, finds a new report released today by Environment Texas and the Marine Fish Conservation Network (Network).  Important game fish and menu items including red snapper, greater amberjack, and vermilion snapper continue to be fished at unsustainable rates despite the fact that the National Marine Fisheries Service lists them as overfished.

"It is in the best interest of the health of our oceans that science, not politics be our guiding principle for all management decisions,” said Luke Metzger, Advocate for Environment Texas.

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Polluters Foul Texas Waters

More than 58 percent of industrial and municipal facilities across Texas discharged more pollution into our waterways than their Clean Water Act permits allow between July 2003 and December 2004, according to Troubled Waters: An analysis of Clean Water Act compliance, a new report released today by Environment Texas.

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Court Strikes Down Major Bush Air Pollution Rule

A federal appeals court today stuck down a highly controversial air pollution rule that was a centerpiece of the Bush administration’s environmental agenda.  The 2003 rule gutted key provisions of the Clean Air Act, known as New Source Review, that require power plants and other industrial sources of air pollution to install modern pollution controls when they make physical or operational changes that increase emissions.

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Energy-Saving Appliance Standards Would Cut Natural Gas, Electricity Waste; Save Texas Consumers $3.5 Billion

From light bulbs to office water coolers to DVD players, new appliance energy efficiency standards could save the state’s consumers and businesses billions of dollars, ease pressure on high natural gas prices, improve electric system reliability, and cut global warming pollution, according to a report released today by Environment Texas and Public Citizen and authored by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP).

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Report Finds Texas Natural Areas At Risk: 7500 Acres in Barton Springs Watershed Under "Imminent Threat"

Some of our best-known natural areas, including Big Bend Ranch State Park and Padre Island National Seashore, are threatened with development and other harmful activities, according to a report released today by Environment Texas, the Save Our Springs Alliance, Texas Committee on Natural Resources, Texans for State Parks and Creating Common Ground. The groups highlighted the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer region, where Austin city staff have warned that 7500 acres are immediately threatened with development. “If we continue to allow development in natural areas like Barton Springs, Caddo Lake and our state parks, the beauty and character of our state will be lost forever,” said Environment Texas Advocate Luke Metzger. “It’s time for our elected officials to invest in Texas’ natural heritage and to provide the planning and resources we need to preserve Texas for future generations.”