Energy & Environment

Coastal Residents Sue Plastics Plant on Water Pollution Claim

Posted on · State regulators have linked the plant to plastic pellets in nearby waters and are currently considering an enforcement action. But residents are suing in federal court, hoping for what would be, if they win, an unusually large fine.

News

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.

Energy & Environment

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?

Houston Matters

What’s the Link Between Houston’s Ozone Problem and Climate Change?

Posted on · Last week, we spoke with News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling about why it is some areas of Houston seem to experience spikes in ozone levels when other areas don’t. He noted there isn’t scientific consensus on the reason. However, University of Houston researchers believe there’s a connection between ozone levels in Houston and […]

Houston Matters

“MUD” Districts Provide Utilities for Unincorporated Areas

Posted on · Municipal utility districts — or “MUDs” — are essentially local forms of government established to provide water, sewage, and drainage services to neighborhoods not affiliated with any city. They’re subject to approval by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin talks with Justin Ring from the local civil engineering firm EHRA about […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Living Downtown, Fewer TCEQ Inspections & The Ring Cycle: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Incentives to encourage people to live in downtown Houston, the TCEQ doing fewer inspections of industries that pollute, and Houston Grand Opera tackling Wagner’s The Ring Cycle: It’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. We discuss these and other stories with our rotating panel of “non-experts.” On this edition […]