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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Illegal Air Pollution in Texas Declined 54% During COVID Recession

Texas industries reported releasing 46 million pounds of illegal air pollution in 2020, a decrease of 54 percent from 2019 caused by the COVID-19 economic downturn, according to state data analyzed by the Environmental Integrity Project and the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.

News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Thousands urge EPA to protect waterways from pollution

Nearly 30,000 people are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to end the dumping of PFAS chemicals, and thousands more are telling the agency to dramatically reduce pollution from slaughterhouses. Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund submitted comments from these individuals to the EPA Thursday as the agency considers updating pollution control standards, which is required by the Clean Water Act.  The groups are also calling on the EPA to strengthen standards for other industrial sources -- including power plants and refineries.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Interior Dept to lease Gulf of Mexico for offshore wind

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced today plans to deploy 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy by 2030, including in the Gulf of Mexico. A newly released leasing schedule projects that the Interior Department will decide on an area of the Gulf to lease by early 2022, with a lease sale by the end of that year. 

News Release | Environment Texas

New report: Austin experienced 103 days of polluted air in 2020

AUSTIN, TEXAS–  The Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown metro area, home to 2.2 million people, suffered through 103 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and TexPIRG Education Fund. Statistics from 2020 represent the most recent data available. Air pollution causes 17,000 deaths every year in Texas.

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. 

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