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Lead found in drinking water of 5 more Austin schools

New data obtained by Environment Texas from the Austin Independent School District (AISD) shows lead has been found in the drinking water of five more Austin schools. The new data follows the revelation last September of nine schools and facilities which tested positive for the toxic heavy metal. Environment Texas applauded the district's commitment to install filters or replace water fountains, but called for additional testing, greater transparency and full remediation.

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Local groups rally to protect Texas waters from meat industry’s pollution

AUSTIN - Community members gathered at Lady Bird Lake today to call on Tyson Foods and its peers to clean up polluting practices causing nitrate spikes and toxic algae blooms across Texas waters each summer. Many Texas waterways are contaminated due to polluted runoff washing off industrial farms that feed and raise meat. The #CleanItUpTyson rally is part of a nationwide campaign urging America’s largest meat company to adopt farming practices that would prevent chemical fertilizer and manure runoff from polluting Texas waters.

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Environment Texas Endorses Lizzie Pannill Fletcher for Congress

AUSTIN - Environment Texas, which is a citizen-based environmental advocacy project of Environment America, announced today its endorsement of Lizzie Pannill Fletcher for Congress (TX07). “Environment Texas’ members and supporters believe that defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy, and spirited grassroots action. As a life-long Houstonian, an attorney, a civic leader, and a candidate for Congress, Lizzie Pinnill Fletcher has exemplified these very ideals,” said Luke Metzger, Executive Director of Environment Texas.  

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Environment Texas Endorses Joseph Kopser for Congress

AUSTIN - Environment Texas, which is a citizen-based environmental advocacy project of Environment America, announced today its endorsement of Joseph Kopser for Congress (TX21). Joseph Kopser’s active and expressed support of Environment Texas’ work and values--fighting for open spaces, clean air, clean water and clean energy--led to today’s endorsement.

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Whole Foods refuses to accept petitions over pollution by meat suppliers

AUSTIN, TX –Today thousands of Whole Foods shoppers joined with farmers and environmental leaders to deliver more than 90,000 petition signatures to the company’s headquarters in Austin. The petition urges Whole Foods to hold its corporate meat suppliers accountable for the widespread water contamination caused by their irresponsible farming and waste management practices. The attempted petition drop follows three letters sent to the company in the last several months - all of which have been ignored by the company.

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