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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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

PFAS in drinking water cause concern in multiple cities

By |2018-10-09T20:20:36+00:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Water|

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are chemicals with known adverse health effects. PFAS have been present for decades  in industrial and commercial use because of their versatility and resistance to heat, water, and oil. Due to a recent EPA program, water suppliers have been testing for PFAS in drinking water. Water suppliers have found PFAs [...]

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