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News Release | Environment Texas Research & Policy Center

Nuclear Power Plants Threaten Drinking Water for 1.2 Million Texans

AUSTIN – The drinking water for 1.2 million people in Texas could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant, says a new study released today by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center and the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG). See map here, key below. 

News Release | Environment Texas

President Obama Expected to Stand Up to Big Oil on Keystone XL Pipeline

AUSTIN – According to media reports, President Obama and the State Department today will reject an effort to force administration approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.   Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger issued this statement in response:

News Release | Environment Texas Research & Policy Center

President Obama & EPA Protect Public Health, Announce Landmark Mercury Standard for Power Plants

AUSTIN– Today, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever nationwide standard for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants. A record 907,000 Americans submitted comments on the standard, which is expected to cut toxic mercury pollution from power plants by 90 percent.

News Release | Environment Texas

Houston City Council Votes to Increase Energy Efficiency Standards and Move towards New Model Codes

HOUSTON- Today the Houston City Council voted to adopt energy efficiency standards for residential buildings five percent stronger than the new state minimum and set a path for achieving 15 percent greater efficiency by 2014.

News Release | Environment Texas

Report Lays Out Path For Houston to Become America's Clean Energy Capital

HOUSTON- Today Environment Texas released a new report showing that, by 2030, improvements in energy efficiency and expanded solar power could reduce demand for electricity from fossil fuel sources by 7.8 percent, or enough to power 627,000 Houston homes, while expanded deployment of electric vehicles would avoid consumption of more than 104 million gallons of gasoline annually. The release of the report, America’s Emerging Clean Energy Capital: How Houston Can Lead the Nation to a New Energy Future, comes a week before the Houston City Council will vote on energy efficiency standards for new residential buildings. Council members will have the opportunity to consider adopting codes that offer significantly greater energy efficiency at a cost that is quickly recouped by energy savings.