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Hochman, Metzger: Clean Power Plan is a victory for public health

America is on the verge of one of the biggest health breakthroughs of this century. It's not a new weight loss pill or fad diet. It's the Clean Power Plan - a groundbreaking program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rein in the carbon pollution spewing from America's biggest source - our power plants.

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Judge Casts EPA Rule into Muddy Legal Waters

After a setback in court Thursday, can the federal government enforce its controversial "Waters of the U.S." rule in Texas?

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Tougher standards on air emissions draw debate in Houston

The EPA is considering forcing plants and refineries to cut the amount of hazardous chemicals and other pollutants released into the air by thousands of tons a year.

"It's critical federal regulations be far stricter across the board," said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas.

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Texas joins top ranks for solar construction

“Solar energy is emerging as a go-to energy option here in Texas and across the country,” he said in a statement.

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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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