News Release | Environment Texas

Beach Warnings Increase in Texas

As millions of Americans flock to beaches around the country, Environment Texas reported that beach closings and warnings due to pollution went up last year in Texas, according to the Natural Resource Defense Council’s 18th annual beach water quality report.  The group called for increased federal funding and faster testing for beachwater pollution and decried efforts to open protected coastlines to offshore drilling. 

Using data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the report, Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches, tallied 532 beach closing and health advisory days in 2007 in Texas, an eleven percent jump from the year before. In Texas, 49 percent of the closing and advisory days were caused by high bacteria levels resulting from storm water run-off. Another 49 per cent were high bacteria levels from unknown sources.

“Some families can’t enjoy a day at the beach because the water is polluted and kids are getting sick,” said Brittany Ballard, Citizen Outreach Director for Environment Texas. “Texas beachgoers should not be swimming in human and animal waste.”

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Texas Must Not Let Nuclear, Coal Power Take Priority on State's Renewable Energy Transmission Lines

The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUCT) should not give nuclear plants or “clean” coal plants priority on the “new renewable energy superhighways” as part of its decision on the state’s competitive renewable energy zones (CREZ), according to a coalition of consumer and environmental groups in a petition filed today with the commission.

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U.S. Conference of Mayors Calls for Dramatic Improvements in Energy Efficiency of Buildings

This week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) unanimously voted for a resolution endorsing a 30% increase in the energy efficiency of new residential buildings and calling for a dramatic improvement of the model energy building codes that guide local and state building codes. 

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New Report: Texas Achieving Impressive Results in the Fight Against Global Warming

Environment Texas joined with Environment America to release a new report, Global Warming Solutions that Work, which details more than 20 examples of cutting-edge policies and practices that communities are using to reduce global warming pollution, from solar power in Israel to rooftop gardens in the South Bronx. The report also profiles positive actions taken by the cities of Dallas and Austin and the state of Texas, which has become a leader in wind power.

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CPS Energy Joins with Exxon, Coal Interests in Limiting Wind Energy Plan

A new video released today by an environmental advocacy group documents that San Antonio utility CPS Energy is aligned with Exxon, coal companies and other big polluters to actively fight efforts to build an extensive network of transmission lines to link wind farms to Texas homes.