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Neil Carman

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Breathe (Slightly) Deeper, Houston: Our Air Quality Improves a Little

    You may not have noticed, but Houston's air quality has gotten (slightly) better, according to the annual report by the American Lung Association. Don't get too happy, though: We're still the eighth-worst city for ozone pollution in the U.S. But when it comes to short-term particle pollution, we ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    ExxonMobil's Baytown Refinery Sued For Being So Damn Leaky

    Headed to court​Following in the footsteps of Shell and and ChevronPhillips, ExxonMobil has been sued by environmental groups who say its refinery routinely violates clean-air regulations and doesn't really do anything about it. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas announced their lawsuit to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Chevron Phillips Settles Suit Over Pollution At Baytown Plant, No Thanks To TCEQ

    Chevron-Phillips: The TCEQ wouldn't step in, so local groups did​After years of illegally emitting carcinogens and other toxic pollutants into the air, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company has agreed to a settle a lawsuit against it and clean up its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown."We can all breathe ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    TCEQ & The EPA: Feds Again Slam Texas' Pollution-Control Efforts

    TCEQ: Honeymoon with the feds is definitely over​The EPA took yet another bite out of the Texas air-pollution regulatory system on Tuesday when it decreed that some of state's rules violate federal clean air law.At issue is what's called the New Source Review Program. It deals with the permitting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Feds To Texas' Environmental Regulators: Good God, You Suck (UPDATED With Rick Perry Saying No, You Suck)

    Feds come to the same conclusion we did​The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency smacked the hell out of Texas environmental regulators earlier this week, announcing that the feds will begin taking control over the issuance of operating permits to chemical plants and refineries because the s ... More >>

  • News

    December 17, 2009

    A Quiet Hell

    Thanks to lax enforcement by TCEQ, plants along the Houston Ship Channel launch tons of toxic gases into our air, and face little penalty even when they exceed pollution limits over and over again.

  • News

    February 14, 2002

    Under The Volcano

    Crown Central Petroleum spews, sputters and flares up. Neighbors of the plant view it uneasily, never quite sure when it's going to blow.

  • News

    July 19, 2001

    Three-peat Heat

    Start your engines: The latest pollution pennant race is on

  • News

    May 10, 2001

    Mixing It Up

    She just wanted her comfortable suburban life. But when a concrete company intruded on her paradise, the homemaker turned warrior.

  • News

    February 15, 2001

    The Sky's the Limit

    Stop wheezing and cheer up. A front group finds a bright spin on our brown air.

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    In the (O)Zone

    What's the fuss, TNRCC? We've got air to die for.

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    We're No. 1!

    Houston seems destined to remain the country's biggest stink hole

  • News

    December 9, 1999

    Raw Deal

    Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. But is anyone listening?

  • News

    February 18, 1999

    Blowing Smoke

    Government and civic boosters know the way to clean up the air in polluted southeast communities: add another chemical plant

  • News

    January 14, 1999

    Killer Weed

    The life-suffocating Salvinia molesta has entered Texas waterways. It's green, fast and deadly.

  • News

    February 15, 1996

    Smoke and Mirrors (and more smoke)

    It's called "Motorist's Choice." But the new emissions testing program for Houston may not offer much of a choice after all. And it won't do much for cleaning the city's air, either.

  • News

    April 14, 1994

    Trashing Houston

    To a world worried about waste, Houston may offer an answer -- or at least a place for the garbage to go

  • News

    February 3, 1994

    Just Don't Breathe It

    What Houstonians can -- and probably won't -- do to clean up the air they drive through

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