News Release | Environment Texas

Petrobras settles air pollution suit against Pasadena refinery

HOUSTON – Environment Texas and Sierra Club announced today that they have filed a proposed consent decree in federal court to settle their citizen enforcement lawsuit against Pasadena Refining System, Inc. PRSI is owned by Petrobras (Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.), the state-controlled oil company of Brazil.

Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Trouble in the Air

People across America regularly breathe unhealthy air that increases their risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts. In 2016, 73 million Americans experienced more than 100 days of degraded air quality with the potential to harm human health. That is equal to more than three months of the year in which smog and/or particulate pollution was above the level that the EPA has determined presents “little to no risk.” Millions more people in urban and rural areas experienced less frequent but still damaging levels of air pollution. To safeguard public health, the nation needs to preserve and strengthen existing air quality protections at the federal and state level and move to reduce the future air pollution threats posed by global warming.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Trouble in the Air: Texas’ health at risk with dirty air days in 2016

AUSTIN – As the Trump administration considers weakening federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a threat to public health. According to a new report by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, over 23 million people who make up the 20 main metropolitan and micropolitan urban areas in Texas experienced at least 5 days of degraded air quality in 2016, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts. Included in the 23 million are over 6.7 million people in the Houston metro area who experienced 85 days degraded air quality, over 2.4 million people in San Antonio Metro area who experienced 36 days of degraded air quality, and over 2 million people in the Austin metro area who experienced 46 days of degraded air quality in 2016.

In addition to the disaster it caused to public safety and property, Hurricane Harvey was possibly the worst environmental disaster Texas has ever seen, including air pollution, sewage, oil spills and a huge amount of debris. A storm of this size is obviously going to cause some environmental problems. But a good deal of this pollution could have been prevented. Unfortunately, Gov. Abbott widely waiving state environmental laws did not help the matter.

News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas applauds EPA action against Exxon

AUSTIN - Environment Texas hailed today's announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of a settlement to cut illegal air pollution from eight Exxon Mobil chemical plants in Texas and Louisiana. Two of the facilities were subject to a lawsuit by Environment Texas and the Sierra Club, which resulted in a federal judge in April ordering Exxon to pay a $20 million penalty.

News Release | Environment Texas

Petrochemical facilities release more than two million pounds of pollution during Hurricane Harvey

As Houston’s sweeping petrochemical industry shuts down because of tropical storm Harvey, it is releasing more than 2 million pounds of harmful pollution into the air, according to its initial reports to Texas regulators. The shutdowns include the Houston-area refineries of Exxon Mobil, Petrobras and Shell, as well as Chevron Phillips’ Cedar Bayou petrochemical complex.

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