Monthly Archives: November 2018

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TCEQ offers grant funding to replace diesel-powered fleet vehicles

By |2018-11-30T04:39:38+06:00November 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+06:00November 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+06:00November 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+06:00November 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+06:00November 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 [...]

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