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New Emergency Preparedness Procedures Necessary as California Wildfires Worsen

By |2019-11-14T23:26:48+06:00November 14th, 2019|Categories: Enviromental, Pollution, Wastewater, Water|

In the past few years, the wildfires that normally blaze through the drier California regions have worsened. Photos of the devastating damage are always prevalent in various news outlets as homes are destroyed and the flames come dangerously close to the highways used to flee the fires. But the effects of the fires extend beyond [...]

Two shipping companies convicted of illegal oil discharges into Texas port waters

By |2019-05-20T21:05:49+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. 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, both companies [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Texas faces public health risks from dirty air

By |2018-10-23T06:46:30+06:00October 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 [...]