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EPA proposes plan to reduce air pollution in Big Bend National Park

AUSTIN - Today, Environment Texas applauded a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce air pollution in Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks. EPA's action, required by the Clean Air Act, will reduce the haze that has impaired visibility in some of Texas' most loved parks. The proposal comes after EPA determined a haze plan submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) - in which views at Big Bend would be obscured until the year 2155 - "did not adequately address" certain legal requirements. Eight Texas power plants will be required to install pollution controls to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by a total of 230,000 tons per year.   

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Solar, Spreading Like Fire! | Luke Metzger

Providing further evidence that Austin is becoming a “National Leader in Solar Energy,” local universities, communities, and businesses have been inspired to invest in solar energy. The economic, health, and environmental benefits of solar energy are becoming more and more apparent throughout the city, gaining support from both politicians and constituents. Over 20 city council candidates openly support solar energy, in addition to many more who have expressed their support for renewable energy. Some notable advocates who have not only vocally supported solar energy, but have taken action include Huston-Tillotson University and Austin Energy.

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Texas Coal Power Plants Pollute as Much as Nation of Egypt

AUSTIN - As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows Texas’ coal-fired power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the atmosphere as the entire country of Egypt, a country of 86 million people. Environmental advocates pointed to the data to support proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

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Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting Texas’ rivers, forest area, and wildlife, said the TWDB held a two-month comment period that ended with an April 29 hearing in Arlington, where there was overwhelming opposition to the project.

“There is really strong bipartisan opposition coming from Tea Party Republicans, the timber industry, local landowners, and the general public,” he said.

He estimated that “99.5 percent of the comments were opposed to the project.”

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Southwest Austin Growth Sparks Environmental Concerns

"The reason it hadn’t been largely developed before is because it’s a really special area, the gateway to the Hill Country and it overlies the Edwards aquifer, the drinking supply for over a million Central Texans," Luke Metzger with Environment Texas said. "There’s increasing development pressure over Southwest Austin and the Hill Country. That can come with significant impact to the water aquifer."

"We, of course, are in a record drought. We need to keep every drop of water we have and keep it clean, and the more that we’re developing over an important water source, that puts the water supply at risk," Metzger said.

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