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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 [...]

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 [...]

Pig waste lagoons pose contamination threat

By |2018-10-09T22:47:42+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, Pollution, Public Health, Water|

The record rains of Hurricane Florence have posed multiple environmental and human health issues. As of September 19, 2018, at least 77 pig waste "lagoons" in North Carolina have flooded into the surrounding area or are at imminent risk of doing so. In these large-scale pig farms, pig waste falls through slatted floors into a [...]

Hurricane Florence threatens to flood waste pools

By |2018-10-09T22:27:06+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, Pollution, Public Health, Water|

Pig farmers just inland of the North Carolina coast were rushing to drain cesspools before Hurricane Florence hit in order to accommodate the expected rain. In pig farming, open air “lagoons” are a common way to handle animal waste. The lagoons themselves are usually not problematic in terms of pollution. With the threat of immense [...]

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