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Report Underscores Disparity in Chemical Exposure and Health Risks in Houston Communities

Posted on · The Union of Concerned Scientists and TEJAS – Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services – published a report today (Oct. 27, 2016) which outlines the disproportionate risk some communities in Greater Houston face from chemical exposure as a result of both everyday air pollution and occasional industrial accidents. Of course, there’s nothing particularly new about that. […]

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How Dangerous is Fracking Wastewater Being Dumped Into the Gulf of Mexico?

Posted on · More than 70 billion gallons of wastewater from fracking was dumped into the Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2014. That’s according to federal environmental officials and information garnered in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. We learn more from Kristen Monsell, a staff attorney with the Houston-based Center for Biological Diversity, and […]

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Inside Oral Arguments in a Critical Case Over the Clean Power Plan

Posted on · The full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2016) heard oral arguments over a case challenging the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency is seen by many environmental and industry watchers as one of the most important environmental cases in nearly a decade, as it will decide whether […]

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How What You’re Exposed To In Your Earliest Days Affects What Diseases You Might Get Later in Life

Posted on · Things you were exposed to as child in the womb – or even things your parents were exposed to before you were even conceived – could play a role in your likelihood to develop certain diseases later in life. Studying those causes is the focus of a new center just opened last week (Aug. 29, […]

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What Are the Environmental Consequences to Houston’s High Ozone Levels?

Posted on · On Monday’s program, we discussed how Greater Houston has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels and is facing new, even tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act. That, according to the Greater Houston Partnership, may create circumstances that could prompt companies wanting to build new industrial plants to do so outside of the region. […]

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How Did Houston Fare in the Annual ‘State of the Air’ Report?

Posted on · Recently, the American Lung Association released the results of its 17th annual State of the Air report. It’s a national air quality grade and ranking of metro regions across the nation. It looks at two outdoor air pollutants: ozone pollution and particle pollution. According to the findings, Houston is the 15th most air-polluted city in the U.S. […]