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Environmental Groups Say Texas Fined Only 3% Of Industrial Polluters

Posted on · Environmental groups say the state is letting polluters off the hook. A new report ranks the worst illegal air pollution events from oil refineries, chemical plans and other industrial facilities across Texas. But several environmental groups say the fault doesn't lie with the state's environmental regulatory agency. They place the blame on state leadership.

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Groups Say EPA Doing Too Little About Oil Drilling And Earthquakes

Posted on · Drilling for oil and gas may have slowed down in Texas, but there are still millions of barrels of contaminated wastewater that has to be disposed of. The tainted water is what comes back up out of the ground during drilling operations. Public interest groups say regulations are outdated and are putting the environment at risk.

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Is Texas’ ‘Small Army’ Of Pollution Enforcers Big Enough For The Job?

Posted on · Millions of tax dollars are being restored to the state agency that regulates pollution from big industry – the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or the TCEQ. But at the same time, big cuts have been made to the budget of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA. So what’s it all mean for keeping our air and water clean in Houston?

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EPA in Galena Park, Kindergarten Boot Camp, and Roller Derby: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Posted on · The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday held a public hearing in Galena Park, where residents called for the federal agency to adopt stricter emissions standards for oil refineries, in order to reduce exposure to benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. The meeting was the second and final public hearing over the new rules, which would require oil refineries […]