Over a 21-month period from January 2016 to September 2017, major industrial facilities released pollution that exceeded the levels allowed under their Clean Water Act permits more than 8,100 times. Often, these polluters faced no fines or penalties.
AUSTIN – 132 industrial facilities dumped excessive pollution into Texas waterways 938 times over 21 months, more than any other state in the nation, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. The facilities rarely faced penalties for this pollution. Environment Texas’ Troubled Waters report comes as the Trump administration tries to weaken clean water protections and slash enforcement funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the states.
SAN ANTONIO – With an estimated 40,000 electric vehicles (EVs) hitting San Antonio streets by 2030, a new study by Environment Texas, TexPIRG and Frontier Group notes the Alamo City could need 1,340 new charging stations to make sure these new EVs have enough places to park and recharge. The groups pointed to funds available from the VW settlement and the Legislature as great opportunities to help fund new electric charging infrastructure and electric buses.
HOUSTON — The number of electric vehicles (EVs) in Houston is projected to increase to 65,000 by 2030, according to a new report from Environment Texas. But these vehicles won’t have enough places to recharge their batteries unless the city adds more than 2,000 new charging stations in publicly accessible locations. However, funds from the Volkswagen emissions settlement and from the Texas Legislature offer excellent opportunities to pay for new EVs and new charging infrastructure.
The adoption of large numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) offers many benefits for cities, including cleaner air and the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Electric vehicles are far cleaner than gasoline-powered cars, with lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower emissions of the pollutants that contribute to smog and particulate matter.
Today I participated in an Austin event to launch a new national campaign calling on McDonald’s to commit to a concrete timeline to phase out the routine use of medically important antibiotics in its beef and pork supply chains. Here was my statement: "My family has been farming in Texas since the late 1800s. I grew up on my grandfather’s farm near Temple, where we raised corn, cotton, and a small head of cattle. The only time we use antibiotics was when our livestock were sick. Our cattle ate grass in the summer and hay in the winter, and concentrated feed pellets on accasion. But none of that feed contained antibiotics. We raised health cattle that we sold at market and ate ourselves.