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In Texas, a battle is brewing over a Trump EPA official’s confidential emails

Will Michael Honeycutt’s legacy as an “honest broker” at the EPA be undercut by his efforts to weaken cancer protections in Texas?
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Some Texas petrochemical facilities get a pass on chemical leak monitoring during the pandemic

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.
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Report: As TCEQ sits idle, polluters double illegal air pollution in 2018

Unauthorized emission incidents resulted in 135 million pounds of illegal air pollution, according to a new report by Environment Texas.
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Environmental regulators rejected NASA’s offer to monitor air pollution after Harvey

An investigative story by the LA Times reports the space agency offered to deploy a sophisticated airplane to monitor pollution levels over the area the hurricane impacted. The TCEQ says the data it would have collected wouldn't have been useful because it wouldn't have been gathered at ground level.
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TCEQ is finally doing something about an East Texas polluter

After years of inaction, the state environmental agency is poised to force German Pellets to install pollution controls at its Woodville biofuel processing plant.

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Justice

Government asks court for more time to fix Houston’s decades-long sewage problem

A lawsuit by state and federal authorities could ultimately delay a fix to Houston’s widespread sewage leaks, which disproportionately affect minority and poor communities, advocates say.
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Dirtying the Waters: Texas ranks first in violating water pollution rules

A new report raises questions about whether TCEQ is doing enough to protect the state’s water.
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Trump nominee acknowledges role in under reporting radiation in drinking water

Kathleen Hartnett White, President Trump’s pick for a powerful White House environmental post, is backing away from her testimony before senators denying a role in under reporting radiation contamination in Texas drinking water.
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Water

How to disappear a river

A 40-mile stretch of the San Saba River keeps drying up, and some locals say illegal pumping is to blame. Why hasn't the state done more?
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

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How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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