News Release | Environment Texas

Environmental Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Air Pollution from Industrial Flares

A coalition of ten environmental organizations today sued the Trump Administration’s EPA over its failure reduce toxic air pollution from industrial flares at petrochemical plants, gas processing facilities, municipal solid waste landfills, and other large industrial sites.

News Release | Environment Texas

Pres. Trump challenged about Texas pollution in debate

AUSTIN, Texas -  During Thursday’s presidential debate, moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News asked President Donald Trump about information recently detailed in an Environment Texas Research and Policy Center report showing illegal air pollution in Texas has risen 155 percent since 2015. The report pointed to lax Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement and environmental rollbacks as contributing to the increase.

Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Illegal Air Pollution in Texas 2020

According to our analysis of violations self-reported by companies to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, industrial facilities released over 174 million pounds of unauthorized air pollution in 2019, an increase of 155 percent since 2015.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New report: Illegal air pollution in Texas has doubled since 2015

Illegal air pollution from Texas industrial facilities more than doubled under the Trump administration, rising to 174 million pounds in 2019, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. The group pointed to lax EPA enforcement and environmental rollbacks as contributing to the increase.

Testimony on proposed changes to TCEQ Penalty Policy

By | Catherine Fraser
Clean Air Associate

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality considered changes to its penalty policy at a work session this morning. We submitted comments together with Public Citizen and the Sierra Club and I delivered the following testimony.

It’s time to shut down the WA Parish coal plant

By | Catherine Fraser
Clean Air Associate

A coal-fired power plant south of Houston wants to renew its permit to pollute and local residents are saying enough is enough. 

News Release | Environment Texas

Statement: CPI Products facility fire

"No one expects these disasters to happen in central Texas, but the reality is that plastics are everywhere. They’re in our pantries, our clothes, and even our drinking water -- and when a plant catches fire, they’re in our air, too. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We need to start asking bigger questions about why we allow the petrochemical industry to pollute our air in order to make plastic products that we often don’t need in the first place."

News Release | Environment Texas

Statement: BioLab chemical fire during Hurricane Laura

Ahead of Hurricane Laura, a number of facilities in Texas shut down, a process that requires releasing hazardous pollutants. The companies that run those plants, including Motiva Chemicals, told the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) that they planned to emit over 4 million pounds of pollution collectively. Early this morning, Motiva, restarting its facility in Port Arthur, Texas, said that it would release nearly 49,000 pounds of pollution.

Refineries and chemical plants along the Gulf Coast are shutting down ahead of Hurricane Laura’s landfall. These shutdown events, however, often are significant pollution events. 

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