Monthly Archives: October 2018

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Smithfield Farms pledges to cover manure lagoons

By |2018-10-31T01:58:38+06:00October 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+06:00October 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+06:00October 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+06:00October 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+06:00October 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 [...]

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