Paloma

|Paloma Zavala

About Paloma Zavala

Paloma Zavala is the PR and Communications Coordinator at AARC Environmental headquarters in Houston, Texas.

Trump Administration claims U.S. air is cleaner than ever

By |2018-12-04T05:00:42+00:00December 4th, 2018|Categories: Air, Enviromental, Public Health|

According to the Trump Administration, the air and water in the United States is "right now at a record clean." The 2017 energy-related emissions fell 0.9 percent... compared with a year earlier, and were 14 percent below 2005 levels." State and federal regulations and an increased use of natural gas (which emits less carbon dioxide [...]

TCEQ offers grant funding to replace diesel-powered fleet vehicles

By |2018-11-30T04:39:38+00:00November 30th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, TCEQ, Transportation|

On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the TCEQ accounced that $7.7. million in grants is available to encourage business that operate large fleets of vehicles in Texas to replace diesel-powered vehicles with alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles." Until February 18, 2019,  businesses can submit applications to receive grant money under the Texas Clean Fleet Program. To [...]

Two shipping companies convicted of illegal oil discharges into Texas port waters

By |2018-11-29T23:54:42+00:00November 29th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Maritime, Oil and Gas, Pollution, Texas|

Avin International LTD and Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises, two Greek shipping companies, pleaded guilty in federal court in Beaumont to illegally dumping oil into Texas port waters, among other charges. During initial investigations, Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises made material false statements to the  Coast Guard about the oil discharges. As of November 27, 2018, [...]

TCEQ meteorologists continually improve data monitoring

By |2018-11-30T05:13:23+00:00November 29th, 2018|Categories: Air, Enviromental, TCEQ, Texas|

The TCEQ Monitoring Division makes it a goal to inform the public and businesses about real-time air quality and meteorological changes so that they can make informed decisions. Using a geostationary satellite in conjunction with multiple ambient air monitoring stations located throughout Texas as well as data from other governmental agencies allows TCEQ to provide [...]

National Climate Assessment predicts dire conditions for Texas

By |2018-11-27T02:36:42+00:00November 27th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, Public Health, Texas|

The 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment was released Friday, November 23, 2018. According to the research and analysis, "Texas will face increasingly dire consequences if action isn't taken to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions." As part of the Southern Great Plains, Texas may face an increase of 3.6-5.1 degrees F average temperatures by the [...]

Toxic herbicide found in Texas drinking water

By |2018-11-29T04:55:07+00:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Public Health, TCEQ, Texas, Water|

In Texas, about 500 water utilities have tested positive for a weed killer with known negative health effects. Atrazine, an herbicide, is used to fend off weeds especially in warmer seasons, when it's easier for weeds to grow. The environmental working group (EWG) from EPA that reported these findings discovered, however, that these water utilities [...]

Smithfield Farms pledges to cover manure lagoons

By |2018-10-31T01:58:38+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, Health & Safety, Public Health, Wastewater|

Smithfield Farms is the world's biggest pork producer. In the United States alone, the company has control of over 1,000 farms, with its headquarters in North Carolina. The recent flooding, rain, and winds of Hurricane Florence revived the conversation around safe disposal of pig manure due to the dire environmental and human health costs that [...]

Energy efficiency programs have reduced pollution in Texas

By |2018-10-29T20:35:55+00:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Air, Enviromental, Health & Safety, Pollution|

In 2017, energy efficiency programs in Texas "reduced air pollution by as much as put out by 2.2 million cars, while saving consumers billions of dollars last year," according to the Energy System Laboratory at Texas A&M. In 2017, according to the data obtained by the lab at A&M, a combination of "tighter building efficiency [...]

EPA enforces lead paint laws

By |2018-10-29T19:34:19+00:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Lead, Public Health|

EPA's enforcement alert for lead paint laws protects human health and business In October 2018, EPA released an enforcement alert from the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The enforcement alert for lead paint laws intends to "protect human health, ensure renovators comply with requirements, and promote level playing field." The Renovation, Repair, and Painting [...]

TCEQ updates for week of October 21

By |2018-10-25T03:40:17+00:00October 25th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, TCEQ, Texas|

On October 9, 16, and 17, TCEQ approved a combined total of $249,684 worth of fines for 45 regulated entities. Among the regulations violations categories were air quality, Edwards aquifer, municipal wastewater discharge, petroleum storage tank, public water system, waste disposal wells, landscape irrigator, municipal solid waste, and water quality. Additionally,  the city of Austin, [...]

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