Community members attended a TCEQ meeting on April 7, 2022 in protest of a proposed concrete batch plant in northeast Harris County.

Energy & Environment

TCEQ strengthens pollution-limiting requirements for concrete batch plants, particularly in Greater Houston

Posted on · The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, after pushback and outcry from stakeholders in the Houston area, has updated its air quality standards permit for concrete batch plants, which are known to emit fine particulate matter that can be harmful to human health. Some say the new requirements do not go far enough.

LBJ hospital building

Energy & Environment

Harris County Attorney threatens lawsuit to block construction of concrete crushing plant near LBJ Hospital

Posted on · County Attorney Christian Menefee said he would first seek to have the TCEQ revoke its permit to Texas Coastal Materials, but he said that move would most likely not succeed.

Sunnyside Air Quality Monitor

Energy & Environment

EPA awards another $500,000 grant for air-quality monitoring in Houston neighborhoods

Posted on · A grant awarded this week by the federal agency will expand air-quality monitoring in the Fifth Ward, Galena Park, Pleasantville and Sunnyside neighborhoods. Earlier this year, the EPA awarded $500,000 for air monitoring in four other communities in East Houston.

Parish Power Plant

Energy & Environment

Town hall meeting called to discuss pollution at Parish power plant in Fort Bend County

Posted on · Air Alliance Houston recently released a report about pollution at a coal-fired power plant in the region and is asking community members to oppose its upcoming permit renewal.

Firefighters battle a petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company Monday, March 18, 2019, in Deer Park, Texas. The large fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals terminal will likely burn for another two days, authorities said Monday, noting that air quality around the facility was testing within normal guidelines.

Energy & Environment

Environmental activists in Houston, across Texas call for increased pollution enforcement by TCEQ

Posted on · A report released Tuesday by the Environmental Integrity Project found that five industrial facilities in Harris County accounted for 45 of the 119 "excessive" emissions events reported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality between September 2016 and August 2022. None was deemed to be a "chronic" polluter by the state agency.

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