News Release | Environment Texas

After the Storm: Legislative Solutions to Texas’ Water Infrastructure Emergency

Texas’ water systems were already under serious strain before Winter Storm Uri wiped out significant portions of our water infrastructure, leaving many residents without safe drinking water. As of March 5th, three public water utilities were still inoperable and 46,068 people are still under a water boil notice according to the TCEQ. In response, State Rep. Erin Zwiener has filed three bills to tackle the issue head on, investing in water infrastructure, rainwater harvesting, and other nature-based solutions such as rain gardens and constructed wetlands.

News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas responds to Speaker Phelan’s priority bills on electricity

The Speaker’s package of bills to respond to the blackout includes some important measures, including HB 12 (Raymond, to study a statewide emergency alert system) and HB 14 (Goldman, to weatherize gas infrastructure). On the other hand, HB 17 (Deshotel), to preempt local government building electrification has no business being part of this package of bills. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Bold climate bill aims for zero carbon emissions by midcentury

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee released the new CLEAN Future Act on Tuesday. This comes after a year of input from stakeholders nationwide, following the release of a version of this bill in 2020. The legislation lays out a path for the United States to reach economy-wide emissions reduction targets that would allow the country to hit net zero emissions by 2050. This new legislation also sets an interim goal for the country to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 50 percent below 2005 levels by no later than 2030. These science-based targets aim to keep global warming below 1.5 additional degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

News Release | Environment Texas

Federal Judge again orders record penalty against Exxon for thousands of Clean Air Act Violations

HOUSTON – In yet another loss for ExxonMobil Corporation in a historic and long-running environmental enforcement case, U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner has imposed a $14.25 million penalty to punish the company for violating the federal Clean Air Act at its Baytown, Texas, refinery and chemical plant complex over 3,651 days over a period of eight years. 

News Release | Environment Texas

Millions of Pounds of Air Pollution Released Because of Grid Failure, Freeze in Texas

Oil refineries, petrochemical plants and other unprepared industrial facilities in Texas reported releasing an estimated 3.5 million of pounds of extra pollution into the air during the state’s electric grid failure and freezing temperatures last week.