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Texas officials celebrate Supreme Court blocking power plant rules

At the behest of Texas and other states, chambers of commerce and some mining unions, the Supreme Court decided to hit the pause button on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants. Scientists link greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, to global warming. The high court issued a stay on the EPA plan while lower courts hear lawsuits from states that want to kill it.

News Release | Environment Texas

Citizen groups to federal appeals court: hold Exxon accountable

NEW ORLEANS – ExxonMobil should face severe sanctions for releasing 10 million pounds of illegal, health-threatening air pollution into the densely populated communities around Baytown, Texas, attorneys for citizen-based environmental groups said today before a three-judge panel of the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Comments filed on Pasadena Refining permit

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

We, Environment Texas, on behalf of our members in Harris County and Dr. Julie P. Katkin, Dr. Harold J. Farber, Dr. Ernestina Melicoff and Dr. Erin J. McDade, urge the TCEQ to deny the Title V permit and to delay the issuance of any additional permits to Pasadena Refinery System, Inc. until the facility is able to come into compliance with existing permits and reduce dangerous emission events that threaten public health and the environment.

EPA: Take potential Clean Air Act violations seriously.

By | Sara E Smith
Staff Attorney

Major facilities in Texas frequently break the law and exceed the amount of pollution they are allowed to release based on their agreed upon permit terms.

All too often, government agencies allow these violations of Clean Air permits to go unpunished, whether from lack of political will, lack of resources or other reasons.  This lax enforcement encourages facilities to continue polluting—and endangering public health—with impunity.

Great opportunity for Texas clean air activists

By | Sara E Smith
Staff Attorney

Four Days of Play, Peers, Planning and Productive Protest 

EPA: Keep the pressure on major air pollutors

By | Sara E Smith
Staff Attorney

This week, Environment Texas and dozens of public health, environmental justice and clean air advocates from across the country sent a letter to EPA asking that they keep the pressure on major air polluters that illegally release hazardous chemicals into our communities.

News Release | Environment Texas

New EPA smog rules are an improvement, but not good enough

“Less health-threatening pollution is better, but it’s not good enough for the more than half a million kids in Texas with asthma and all of us who want to breathe clean air.”

-- Sara E. Smith, Environment Texas

News Release | Environment Texas

EPA announces final rule to curb refinery pollution and improve public health

The Environment Protection Agency has just released a final rule designed to protect communities from toxic oil refinery pollution, which includes long overdue health standards and expanded air monitoring along refinery fencelines.

Clean air - What's the big deal?

By | Sara E Smith
Staff Attorney

Pollution from refineries and chemical plants makes people sick, from serious trouble breathing, to heart attacks and even premature death. But, state regulators, like the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), largely look the other way even when we know for a fact that big polluters are breaking the law.

News Release | Environment Texas

24 legislators earn 100%, 2 earn 0% on Environment Texas scorecard

AUSTIN –Twenty four legislators earned 100% ratings and two earned scores of 0% this past legislative session, according to Environment Texas’ 2015 Legislative Scorecard.

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