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U.S. Forest Service warns proposed landfill poses risk to Sam Houston National Forest

In comments filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) yesterday, the U.S. Forestry Service (USFS) warned that a potential landfill site in San Jacinto county poses ecological risks to the Sam Houston National Forest (SHNF). The comment warned of the risk inherent in  the proposed 636 acre facility which would be located between a produce farm, the national forest, and a 100 year floodplain.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Progress Report: President Biden’s First Year

Following years of rollbacks, President Joe Biden began his term nearly a year ago amidst unprecedented environmental and public health challenges. Despite these obstacles, his administration has made significant strides toward restoring lost environmental protections and confronting daunting threats to our climate and public health, according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund. 

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Preparing for Another Winter Storm in Texas | Lennis Barlow

As Texas approaches the anniversary of Winter Storm Uri, it may be time to consider how to prepare for another snowpocalypse. 

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Texas to get $221 million this year to remove lead pipes

AUSTIN -- The White House announced today that Texas will receive $221 million this year to remove lead service lines as part of a new plan to prevent the lead contamination of drinking water (and reduce other exposures to lead). The Biden-Harris Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan features unprecedented federal funding and new requirements on elementary schools and daycares to test for lead in drinking water. Voluntary testing has previously found lead in the drinking water of 71% of Texas schools which tested. Environment Texas and TexPIRG urged the state of Texas to accept the funds (this week Gov. Abbott urged state agencies to reject funds in certain conditions) and urged schools and daycares to act expeditiously to protect kids from lead in drinking water. 

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