News Releases

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. officially rejoins the international Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON -- The United States officially rejoined the international Paris Agreement on Friday. The act brings America back into a key accord aimed at reducing planet-warming emissions. 

Environment America had called on Biden to prioritize rejoining the Paris Agreement on his first day in office in the "First Things to Fix" report. The report presented 20 actions for the Biden administration to undertake in early days of office to undo the Trump administration’s rollbacks of environmental laws and protections.

News Release | Environment Texas

New Report: Toxic waste cleanup efforts lag, putting Texans at risk

A new report finds that only 10 of the nation’s most toxic Superfund sites were cleaned up in Fiscal Year 2020 -- less than one seventh of the annual total in the 1990s. Environment Texas Research and Policy Center found that insufficient funding jeopardized the cleanup of 55 existing Superfund sites in Texas, as well as potential new sites such as the creosote plume underneath the Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens neighborhoods in Houston, where two cancer clusters have been discovered.

News Release | Environment Texas

Railroad Commissioners Announce Support for Ending Routine Flaring

Citing concerns about the waste of Texas’ natural resources, Railroad Commissioners Jim Wright and Wayne Christian today announced their support for measures to end or reduce routine flaring. The announcement, which comes on the heels of newly filed legislation in the state House and Senate to address routine flaring, was followed by a vote to remand 14 flaring exception applications; a move championed by Commissioner Wright, and supported by all three of the current Commissioners. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Biden administration will make historic commitments to protecting America’s natural heritage

WASHINGTON -- As part of an executive order, President Joe Biden is expected to announce Wednesday a stop on all new drilling in public lands and waters. The president will also set a goal of protecting 30 percent of U.S. lands and oceans by the year 2030.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Expanded Protections for Texas Gulf Corals and Manta Rays

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, the only known nursery in the world for manta rays and important feeding grounds for sea turtles, sharks and many species of fish, will officially be expanded by 104 square miles, according to the final rule announced today by the National Marine Fisheries Service.