News Release | Environment Texas

Polluters spewed 63 million pounds of unauthorized air pollution in 2017, few penalized

AUSTIN -- Texas industrial facilities reported releasing more than 63 million pounds of air pollution without authorization in 2017, a 27 percent increase over the previous year, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. While the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) could issue fines as high as $2.3 billion for 2017 violations, the report found the agency only levied a total of $1.2 million in fines in 2017 or 2 cents per pound of pollution.

News Release | Environment America

Fast food and football: who scores, who fumbles?

With Super Bowl LIII coming up Sunday, Americans have foods such as hamburgers and pizza on their minds -- and many corporations (such as Budweiser) are touting their socially-responsible deeds in commercials.

But many corporate deeds go under the radar. In late January, two companies closely identified with football made big plays. One scored. One fumbled.

News Release | Environment America

Reports: EPA fails to make drinking water safe from toxic PFAS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not establish federal limits in drinking water for two prevalent toxic chemicals. The agency’s forthcoming management plan for combatting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) lacks safeguards on PFOA and PFOS, two of the best-understood toxic PFAS chemicals. These chemicals have contaminated drinking water from Michigan to North Carolina. In refusing to set limits for PFAS, EPA is abdicating its core mission to protect human health.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Climate scientists to Gov. Abbott: It’s not “impossible” to see that global warming is hurting Texas

AUSTIN - Texas climate scientists delivered a letter to Gov. Abbott today in response to his comments that it is “impossible” for him to say whether man-made climate change is contributing to extreme weather. The letter, signed by more than two dozen climate scientists and experts from Texas universities, warned that climate change will have dangerous results for Texas and offers a briefing to the Governor on climate science.

News Release | Environment Texas

EPA's "Dirty Water Rule" will threaten Texans' drinking water

The Dirty Water Rule would replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which restored federal protections to more than 143,000 miles of Texas streams, which help provide drinking water to over 11.5 million Texans. The health of Texas waterways from Rio Grande to the Red River depend on the smaller streams that feed  them, and the wetlands that filter out pollution.

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