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What Should Be Done with the San Jacinto Waste Pits?

Posted on · The San Jacinto Waste Pits are an area on the eastern edge of Houston near the San Jacinto River where chemical waste was deposited decades ago. The Environmental Protection Agency has deemed the waste pits a Superfund site, a federally designated hazardous waste site. Some residents of neighboring communities believe chemicals from the site are […]

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The Pros and Cons of the EPA’s Plan to Cut Power Plant Emissions

Posted on · The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently released a study about the federal government's proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. Their assessment: doom and gloom, lost jobs, and rolling blackouts throughout the state. But others say the plan is positive, forward-thinking and the criticisms are overblown. We look at […]

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Clean Power Plan & Property Taxes: Wednesday’s Show (April 1, 2015)

Posted on · The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently released a study about the federal government's proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. Their assessment: doom and gloom, lost jobs, and rolling blackouts throughout the state. But others say the plan is positive, forward-thinking and the criticisms are overblown. On this edition […]

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Should Refineries Face Tighter Regulation?

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, 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 to invest […]

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Texas Power Plants Must Reduce Emissions by 39 Percent by 2030

Posted on · The Obama Administration has unveiled a new plan to reduce carbon emissions, which includes mandating that Texas power plants reduce their emissions by 39 percent by 2030. Houston Public Media’s energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling joins us to discuss what this mandate means and how the state’s power plants will hit that target over […]

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EPA Emissions Plan, Better Work Spaces & Texas Lighthouses: Houston Matters for Wed., June 4, 2014

Posted on · The Obama Administration this week announced new mandates for cutting carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel power plants and said that plants in Texas must cut their carbon emissions by 39 percent by 2030. Today on Houston Matters, we learn about the proposal from the EPA and what it would take for Texas to meet […]

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Houston Matters for Tues., Oct. 29, 2013

Posted on · The state of Texas believes the Environmental Protection Agency does not have legal authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from factories and power plants. Such disputes over carbon emissions have pitted environmental regulators against industry for years. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over this question – and the state of […]