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News Release | Environment Texas

Statement: Federal regulators make wrong decision in allowing new nuclear waste site in Texas

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved a private company’s plan Monday to store nuclear waste in the Permian Basin of West Texas. 

News Release | Environment Texas

STATEMENT: Tropical Storm Nicholas bears down on Texas

AUSTIN, Texas -- For the sixth time in the past three months, a tropical storm or a hurricane is aiming for the now-waterlogged United States’ Gulf Coast. Tropical Storm Nicholas, which is poised to make landfall sometime Monday, would be the first to directly strike Texas in 2021. While Nicholas is unlikely to achieve hurricane status, the National Hurricane Center is warning those in its path of the potential for “life-threatening inundation” by storm surge, with as much as 20 inches of rainfall in some areas causing both that surge and flash flooding. As we saw when Hurricane Ida reached land two weeks ago, these powerful storms can lead to both power outages and industrial accidents. Like Tropical Storm Mindy last week, Nicholas developed close to the Gulf shore, leaving little time for the operators of oil, gas and other dangerous facilities to prepare for the worst. In response, Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger released the following statement:

News Release | Environment Texas

More problems for Texas’ electric grid could mean long, hot summer

AUSTIN - Four months after widespread power outages shut down Texas, the state’s Electric Reliability Council (ERCOT) is asking Texans to conserve power with temperatures in the 90s -- or even higher -- this week. This call for individual action comes after state lawmakers largely failed to invest in conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy during the just-completed 2021 legislative session.

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Lawmakers and public push Whole Foods to put “Planet Over Plastic” at upcoming annual meeting

AUSTIN, Texas --  Environment America Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Student PIRG sent 59,000 petitions and a letter signed by more than 40 state lawmakers Thursday to Whole Foods urging them to put planet over plastic.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New roadmap points the way for Texas cities on electric vehicles

AUSTIN - With growing recognition that fossil fuels are simply too damaging to our climate, our health and our environment, many Texas cities are adopting policies to get more electric vehicles on the road. Now a new toolkit outlines best practices from EV communities around Texas and provides examples for other local governments to follow.   

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