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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Over 16 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Texas’ Waterways

AUSTIN--Industrial facilities dumped more than 16 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Texas’ waterways, making Texas’ waterways the 2nd worst in the nation, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.  The Wasting Our Waters report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in Texas and across the nation.

News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas launches door-to-door campaign to promote water conservation, wise use of Prop 6 funds

AUSTIN – With a formal public comment period soon to begin on rules governing a new state water infrastructure fund, and amid ongoing drought, Environment Texas today announced plans to go door to door across Texas this summer to build public support for prioritizing water conservation and protection of Texas rivers. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is scheduled to release draft rules next week to govern the handling of billions of dollars in loans approved by voters in November.  

News Release | Environment Texas

Texas elected officials applaud EPA’s first-ever proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants

AUSTIN – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever, federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the largest single source of global warming pollution in America.  A group of elected officials from across Texas enthusiastically applauded the proposed limits, which once finalized will be the largest step the U.S. has taken to combat global warming.

News Release | Environment Texas

30 Local Elected Officials Join 600 Nationally, Tell President Obama: Act on Climate

AUSTIN – President Obama today received a letter signed by 30 Texas elected officials, including El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and Houston Senators Rodney Ellis and Sylvia Garcia, thanking him for his leadership on addressing climate change and pledging their support as local partners in implementing carbon pollution standards for power plants and other key components of the president’s Climate Action Plan. In total, more than 600 local elected officials from across the U.S. signed the letter.

News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas criticizes Railroad Commission decision on fracking waste

AUSTIN - Today, the Railroad Commision rejected the Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District's attempt to intervene in a permit application by Marathon Oil to inject fracking waste underground near the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer. Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger released the following statement: