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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, [...]

Meat processing plants violate pollution permits

By |2018-11-02T23:19:39+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Health & Safety, Pollution, Public Health, Texas, Wastewater|

Almost half of evaluated meat processors in violation of pollution standards The nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) recently examined EPA records for ninety eight large meat processing plants. EIP found that almost three-quarters of the plants were in violation of their permit limits for nitrogen, fecal bacteria, or other pollutants at least once. EIP had [...]

Texas faces public health risks from dirty air

By |2018-10-23T06:46:30+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Air, Enviromental, Industrial, Oil and Gas, Pollution, Public Health, Texas|

A report by the Environment Texas Research & Policy Center showed that "over 23 million people who make up the 20 main metropolitan and micropolitan urban areas in Texas" were exposed to at least five days of bad air quality in 2016. This degraded air quality increases the risk of adverse health effects for those [...]

EPA may allow oil companies to dump wastewater

By |2018-10-26T22:21:28+00:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Industrial, Oil and Gas, Texas, Wastewater|

Pressure builds in deep disposal wells Texas oil and gas companies have always pumped the brackish wastewater that results from drilling activities back into the ground, in wells deep below the earth's surface. Some of these disposal wells are reaching their capacity and accumulating pressure. This has prompted EPA to reconsider regulations that have long [...]

EPA dismisses air pollution scientists from advisory panel

By |2018-10-16T01:45:49+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Air, Enviromental, EPA|

When EPA writes new regulations, it usually goes through an extensive process to ensure the regulations will be beneficial. The range of steps in includes research, cost-benefit analysis, and expert consultation, often from a panel. Last week, EPA dismissed air pollution scientists that sat on an advisory board for the health impacts of soot. EPA [...]

Multiple environmental citations for Oregon dairy farm

By |2018-10-12T22:32:11+00:00October 12th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, Wastewater|

Lost Valley Farm cited for multiple environmental violations Lost Valley Farm in Eastern Oregon is the state's second-largest dairy. Since its opening in April 2017, it has been cited multiple times for various environmental regulations violations. Lost Valley repeatedly violated its wastewater permit by neglecting to properly drain manure storage lagoons and allowing them to [...]

100 House lawmakers voted against chemical safeguards

By |2018-10-09T04:09:43+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Air, Chemical, Enviromental, EPA|

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund released its first chemical scorecard. The scorecard revealed that many House members regularly voted against toxic chemicals safeguards and protections. Trump has pushed a pro-chemical industry agenda. Approximately 100 House members have repeatedly voted "to make it harder for federal agencies like [EPA] to [...]

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