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Environment Texas and Sierra Club File Second Lawsuit to Stop Illegal Air Emissions in Harris County

Sierra Club and Environment Texas filed a lawsuit today in federal district court against Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP. The suit, coming on the heels of the groups' landmark settlement with Shell Oil Company in June targeting illegal air emissions arising from so-called "upset" events, claims that Chevron Phillips has repeatedly violated the Clean Air Act at its Cedar Bayou chemical plant in Baytown, Texas.

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Environment Texas and Sierra Club File Second Lawsuit to Stop Illegal Air Emissions in Harris County

HOUSTON - Sierra Club and Environment Texas filed a lawsuit today in federal district court against Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP. The suit, coming on the heels of the groups' landmark settlement with Shell Oil Company in June targeting illegal air emissions arising from so-called "upset" events, claims that Chevron Phillips has repeatedly violated the Clean Air Act at its Cedar Bayou chemical plant in Baytown, Texas. The suit alleges the company released more than a million of pounds of excess air pollutants since 2003, including toxic chemicals such as benzene and 1,3-butadiene.

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Environmental Groups and Shell Oil Company Propose Landmark Settlement of Clean Air Act Lawsuit

Sierra Club and Environment Texas announced today that they have filed a proposed Consent Decree in federal court that would settle their Clean Air Act lawsuit against Shell Oil Company and two affiliates. If approved by U.S. District Judge David Hittner, the settlement would require dramatic air pollution reductions at Shell's Deer Park, Texas, refinery and chemical plant, extensive plant upgrades, enhanced monitoring of air emissions, and a record penalty for a citizen enforcement suit.

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Environmental Groups and Shell Oil Company Propose Landmark Settlement of Clean Air Act Lawsuit

HOUSTON - Sierra Club and Environment Texas announced today that they have filed a proposed Consent Decree in federal court that would settle their Clean Air Act lawsuit against Shell Oil Company and two affiliates. If approved by U.S. District Judge David Hittner, the settlement would require dramatic air pollution reductions at Shell's Deer Park, Texas, refinery and chemical plant, extensive plant upgrades, enhanced monitoring of air emissions, and a record penalty for a citizen enforcement suit.

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Environmental Groups Sue Shell Oil for Clean Air Act Violations at Deer Park Refinery and Chemical Plant

Sierra Club and Environment Texas filed a lawsuit today in federal district court against Shell Oil Company and several affiliates. The suit – the first case in Texas in which citizen groups are suing to stop illegal air emissions arising from so-called “upset” events – claims that Shell has repeatedly violated the Clean Air Act at its Deer Park, Texas, oil refinery and chemical plant, resulting in the release of millions of pounds of excess air pollutants over the past five years, including toxic chemicals such as benzene and 1,3-butadiene.

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Environmental Groups Sue Shell Oil for Clean Air Act Violations at Deer Park Refinery and Chemical Plant

HOUSTON – Sierra Club and Environment Texas filed a lawsuit today in federal district court against Shell Oil Company and several affiliates. The suit – the first case in Texas in which citizen groups are suing to stop illegal air emissions arising from so-called “upset” events – claims that Shell has repeatedly violated the Clean Air Act at its Deer Park, Texas, oil refinery and chemical plant, resulting in the release of millions of pounds of excess air pollutants over the past five years, including toxic chemicals such as benzene and 1,3-butadiene.

News Release | Environment Texas

New Report Links Toxic Pollution with Health Hazards as EPA Acts to Restrict Pollution Data

Exposure to dangerous toxic pollution from industrial facilities threatens communities in Texas and across the country, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas. A coalition of groups called on the Texas legislature and congress to take steps to protect the public’s right to know and to reduce emissions.

The report, Toxic Pollution and Health, uses information from the federal Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) to analyze toxic pollution linked to serious health problems such as cancer, birth defects or neurological damage. Due to a recent EPA action restricting the public’s right-to-know, today’s report may provide one of the last complete pictures of toxic pollution in Texas. 

Report | Environment Texas

Making Sense of the "Coal Rush"

Energy companies have proposed building a fleet of new coal-fired power plants across America. As of June 2006, power producers have approximately 150 new coal-fired plants on the drawing board, representing a $137 billion investment and the capacity to supply power to 96 million homes.

If energy companies succeed in building even a fraction of these new power plants, it would have major impacts on America’s environment and economy. Further, this “coal rush” would consume investment dollars that could otherwise promote more sustainable energy sources.

Fortunately, alternatives exist that would reduce or eliminate the need for new coal-fired power plants. By funneling investment instead into improvements in energy efficiency and expansion of renewable energy, the U.S. can avoid the potential impacts of the “coal rush” and improve the economy, the environment and public health.

The “coal rush” would increase U.S. global warming pollution at a time when aggressive action is needed to reduce emissions.

Report | Environment Texas

A Review of Texas’ and Other States’ Policies on Recovery of Economic Benefit Through Administrative Penalties in Environmental Enforcement

In December 2003, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) launched a year-long, comprehensive review of its enforcement program and practices. The review comes after a string of reports by state and federal auditors, non-profits and academics that document that the agency’s “enforcement process does not consistently ensure that violators are held accountable”.

These studies detail the vast majority of illegal polluters who escape any kind of punishment, the many large polluting facilities which go years without inspections, and the lack of sufficient resources and political will to enforce the law aggressively and provide a credible deterrent against illegal pollution.

Result

Cleaning up our air

By tapping the energy of the sun hitting the rooftops of America and the power of the wind blowing off our coasts and across the country, we can meet the energy needs of every household in the nation. On June 30, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro got us closer to this goal, when he announced that the city-owned utility will retire the polluting Deely power plant by the year 2018 and replace its power with clean energy investments.  

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