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Houston’s Ozone Levels Still Aren’t Good Enough

Posted on · The Houston region has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels. With new, tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act, Houston’s really only further away. It may be little comfort, but now we have some company: El Paso and San Antonio have joined Houston on a dubious ozone offender list. We discuss the consequences […]

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How Are Environmental Regulations Impacting Deer Park? Mayor Weighs In

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court put a temporary hold on a new EPA rule designed to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. That ruling may have dwarfed another environmental discussion taking place here in Houston at the annual Hot Air Topics Conference hosted by the Gulf Coast Air and Waste Management Association. There, […]

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Air Quality, Vision Care, and Galveston’s Sacred Places: Houston Matters for Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014

Posted on · For years, the state of Texas and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have clashed over regulations covering major air pollution sources, like refineries. Now, that longstanding legal dispute may be giving way – somewhat. Last week, Texas and the EPA reached a deal on portions of the state’s clean air plan, concerning the state’s “flexible […]