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 >>
Headed to courtFollowing 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 >>
Chevron-Phillips: The TCEQ wouldn't step in, so local groups didAfter 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 >>
TCEQ: Honeymoon with the feds is definitely overThe 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 >>
Feds come to the same conclusion we didThe 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 >>
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.
Crown Central Petroleum spews, sputters and flares up. Neighbors of the plant view it uneasily, never quite sure when it's going to blow.
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What's the fuss, TNRCC? We've got air to die for.
Houston seems destined to remain the country's biggest stink hole
Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. But is anyone listening?
Government and civic boosters know the way to clean up the air in polluted southeast communities: add another chemical plant
The life-suffocating Salvinia molesta has entered Texas waterways. It's green, fast and deadly.
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.
To a world worried about waste, Houston may offer an answer -- or at least a place for the garbage to go
What Houstonians can -- and probably won't -- do to clean up the air they drive through