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Caught In The Act Of Copper Theft

Posted on · The Department of Homeland Security warns that the rise in copper theft is becoming more of a problem for critical infrastructure and key resource sectors. One utility company captured a suspected copper thief in the act.

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Coal Powers Texas But At What Cost

Posted on · About a third of our power is generated by burning coal, according to the state. That generates tons of air pollution. And that's why projects for even more or bigger coal-burning power plants can raise a lot of opposition. Our StateImpact Texas reporter, Dave Fehling, has been to one place in Texas where just such a battle took place.

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Economist: Houston is a Teflon City

Posted on · A local economist says Houston doesn't let much bad stick to it. He calls it a "Teflon city" that hasn't let a rough economy elsewhere affect it as much as other big metropolitan areas. The comments were part of the University of Houston's Institute for Regional Forecasting series.

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Neighborhood Lives In Shadow Of Polluters

Posted on · This week, State Impact-Texas is teaming with NPR on a project highlighting industrial air pollution. NPR reporters, working with the Center for Public Integrity, reviewed never-before published lists compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to track polluters. For the KUT/KUHF StateImpact Texas project, Terrence Henry reports on a Corpus Christi neighborhood that sits right in the middle of several refineries on the list.

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TCEQ’s Approach Is Under Fire

Posted on · This week, KUT News is teaming with NPR on a project highlighting industrial air pollution. NPR reporters, working with the Center for Public Integrity, reviewed never-before published lists compiled by the U-S Environmental Protection Agency to track polluters. Roughly one in 10 factories on the most recent list is in Texas. Some of those facilities have been on the watch list for years. For the KUT/KUHF StateImpact Texas project, Mose Buchele reports on the regulatory environment that allows industries to keep polluting.

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Harris County Calls TCEQ 'Offensive,' Plans to Sue Polluters

Posted on · This week, KUHF News is teaming with NPR on a project highlighting industrial polluters that have repeatedly violated federal clean air standards. NPR reporters, working with the Center for Public Integrity, got their hands on a never-before published list compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It's a "watch list" of facilities the EPA has identified as serious or chronic violators. A concentration of them are petro-chemical plants in the Houston area. Dave Fehling reports for the KUHF/KUT StateImpact Texas project.

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UT Economists Doubt "Green" Jobs Economic Impact In Texas

Posted on · The Obama administration is defending its push to fund "clean" or "green" industries, saying the economy is benefiting from thousands of new "green" jobs around the country. Critics have said the money could be better spent. Dave Fehling looked into the promise of "green" jobs here in the nation's energy capital.

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Energy Bills Heating Up

Posted on · Summer hasn't officially started yet — but the Houston heat has arrived and that means higher energy bills. That's why Reliant Energy is starting its annual voluntary moratorium on disconnections for people who can't pay their monthly bills. Laurie Johnson reports.