Energy & Environment

Texas To Make Environmental Proceedings More Accessible To Non-English Speakers, Following Civil Rights Complaint

Posted on · Air and water permits for industrial facilities are often granted in predominantly Latino communities, but environmental justice advocates say language barriers often make it hard for community members to participate in the public process.

Houston Matters

Requiring Refineries To Offer Documents And Meetings In Languages Other Than English (April 22, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: A new proposal would require refineries and chemical plants to offer documents and public meetings in languages other than English, the history of the Black cowboy in Texas, and an alternate history of the space race.

Energy & Environment

Texas Lawmakers Look To Tighten Rules For Storage Tanks In Flood-Prone Areas To Prevent Chemical Spills, Fires

Posted on · Storage tanks have been the source of several chemical disasters, including the fire at ITC Deer Park and a major gasoline spill during Hurricane Harvey. Now, they’re the focus of two bills this Texas legislative session.

Energy & Environment

Some Texas Petrochemical Facilities Get A Pass On Chemical Leak Monitoring During The Pandemic

Posted on · State documents show dozens of requests from petrochemical companies to suspend routine monitoring for chemical leaks due to the pandemic. Companies say it’s necessary to keep staff members safe from COVID-19, but environmentalists warn it puts fenceline communities at risk.

Energy & Environment

Texas Regulators Want Stiffer Penalties For Company Whose Port Neches Plant Exploded

Posted on · In a surprising vote, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality rejected a staff-proposed penalty against TPC Group's Port Neches chemical plant — which was rocked by explosions last month — for a slew of 2018 pollution violations and asked that they be referred to the Texas Attorney General's Office.

Houston Matters

Full Show: KMCO’s Legal History, And Predictions For Hurricane Season (April 3, 2019)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: In the wake of the deadly fire at a KMCO plant in Crosby we learn about the company's legal history. We get predictions for the upcoming hurricane season. Our experts discuss the latest political stories. Local food writers share their favorite places for Tex-Mex. And a Houston startup sends personalized stories through the mail.