News Release | Environment America

Statement: EPA acts responsibly by relaunching climate science and policy website

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency reinstated its website centered on climate science and policy on Thursday. This information was removed from the EPA website by the previous administration. This relaunch is a strong signal that the Biden administration will restore the role of science in protecting our communities and public health. 

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Environment Texas, TexPIRG and 130+ other groups send letter to Whole Foods Market calling on company to put “Planet Over Plastic”

Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, TexPIRG Education Fund and more than 130 additional groups from coast-to-coast sent Austin-based Whole Foods CEO John Mackey a letter Thursday calling on him to commit to a concrete and verifiable plan to reduce the company’s plastic footprint. This letter comes on the heels of a Greenpeace report released last week that found that the chain was failing on its policies and practices aimed at eliminating plastic waste.

News Release | Environment Texas

Environmental advocates praise Zwiener bill to crackdown on illegal air pollution

Industrial facilities released over 3.5 million pounds of illegal air pollution during the Texas Freeze. Similar pollution emissions are far too common during cold snaps, storms and other severe weather events. On top of major weather events, industrial facilities release millions of pounds of illegal air pollution every day. In fact, at least one facility violated its permits and illegally polluted our air every single day in 2019, collectively releasing over 174 million pounds of unauthorized pollution. That same year, five high profile chemical disasters rocked the Greater Houston region, taking people’s lives, releasing millions of pounds of pollution and damaging nearby property.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Michael Regan’s confirmation as EPA secretary is the right decision for key agency

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Michael Regan as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. With his strong environmental protection background as the leader of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality, Regan is expected to place the agency’s focus back squarely on its mission: to protect the environment and public health. This will include safeguarding the nation’s waterways and air quality, as well as pushing forward with bold action to address climate change.

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.