U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    The San Jacinto River Waste Pits Unleashed Toxins Into the River and, Residents Say, Their Bodies

    After a series of storms in March 2012, John Bonta is sorting through the wreckage on his Highlands ranch, 20 miles west of Houston. He's just gotten home from work when his wife, Pam, asks him to help her pick up a portion of the fence that had fallen during the night. He doesn't wait for her, thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    TCEQ Scientist Says the Smog is Fine Because Texans Stay Indoors

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has never exactly been on point when it comes to, you know, protecting the environment (this is Texas after all, land where the only good environmental regulation is a nonexistent one) but the state agency came out with a doozy this week. See, the feder ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    EPA Finally Agrees to Clean Up CES Environmental's Mess

    After nearly four years of public outcry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally agreed clean up abandoned industrial waste left behind by CES Environmental Services in southeast Houston. For years neighbors had complained about CES' Griggs Road facility, where the company cleaned ta ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Greg Abbott Threatens to Sue EPA...Again

    The past several years of Greg Abbott's political career have been one long, drawn-out pissing match with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For an avowed tort-reformer, our Attorney General-turned GOP candidate for governor sure loves a good lawsuit when the feds are in the crosshairs, famou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    BP Back in Gulf Waters Thanks to the EPA

    Once upon a time (about four years ago) it seemed like British Petroleum's oil spilling sins in the Gulf of Mexico would never be forgiven. First the Deepwater Horizon became a fireball in the Gulf of Mexico. Then countless barrels of oil gushed from the ocean floor for weeks before the well was fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Texas Gets Ready to Rumble with the EPA. Again.

    You'd be hard pressed to find anything Texas officials love more than taking whatever the federal Environmental Protection Agency is trying to do and fighting against it. They've gotten a lot of mileage out of fighting against anything the EPA tries to do when it comes to air quality in recent year ... More >>

  • News

    January 16, 2014

    Lane Closure Exposure

    New Jersey traffic retribution scandal tough for Houstonians to understand.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    With Money Tight, the EPA is Dialing Down Actual Enforcing

    Once upon a time -- and we're talking like three years ago -- the Environmental Protection Agency was a force to be reckoned with. EPA regulators were throwing their weight around and pushing the issue on things like biofuels, air quality and the effect of fracking on water quality. They had the Whi ... More >>

  • News

    December 26, 2013

    Toxic Time Bomb?

    Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?

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    December 18, 2013

    Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?

    Houston wasn't hit by a hurricane this season, but there are questions about what will happen to the San Jacinto Waste Pit superfund site the next time a hurricane roars through town. The highly toxic Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site has been sitting in the middle of the San Jacinto R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    EPA Says Fracking Is Safe But An Internal Report Says Different

    It must be a tricky thing being the Environmental Protection Agency, especially when it comes to the political minefield that is fracking. Hydraulic fracturing - the process of shooting sand, water and chemicals into an oil well to get the oil and natural gas trapped in the formation flowing - is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    So That Was The Smell: San Antonio Fined For More Than 23 Million Gallons of Raw Sewage Dumped In Waterways

    Have you ever been strolling by the San Antonio River Walk and thought you smelled something a little, you know, funky? Turns out it may not have all been in your head, or nose. The San Antonio Water System was supposed to be taking care of the raw sewage coming into the plant but from 2006 to 2012 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Shell To Pay Up For "Alleged" Air Pollution From Deer Park Refinery

    Houston is a city known for many good things, but one of the bad things this town is known for is the air - there's a lot of air pollution around here, and we've got the Ozone watch days to prove it. So you wouldn't think a little extra air pollution would get noticed by the Environmental Protectio ... More >>

  • News

    July 11, 2013

    A Fixer-Upper

    West sues fertilizer company while Senate cries phooey on EPA, wants changes.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    West Moves Forward (Sues) As Senate Tells EPA Just How Much They Screwed Up

    It's been more than two months since the explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer factory left the little town looking like a nuclear bomb had been dropped on it. Since then, the hits have kept on coming. The townspeople have gone about trying to rebuild their home without the help of disaster reli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    The Supremes Want to Hear About Cross-State Air Pollution (Texas Still Doesn't)

    The Supreme Court is all finished with the rulings for this session, but the high court is already looking ahead to the next session, and they're about to take a look at air, as in air pollution. In July 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, requir ... More >>

  • News

    April 26, 2012

    State and EPA Battle Over Fracking, Flaming Well Water

    When Steve Lipsky blamed fracking for turning his water well into a flamethrower, he set off an epic battle between the EPA and Texas.

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    April 25, 2012

    Fracking Wreaks Fiery Havoc with Texas's Well Water

    Fracking is supposed to be an energy godsend, a cheap way to get lots of natural gas. But property owners are finding it brings along with it such problems as flames coming out of their water hoses and wells, and poisonous chemicals in their drinking water. There's a big fight going on nationwide, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    EPA Can't Block Texas's Clean-Air Rules for Being Too Lax, Appeals Court Says

    The federal Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its bounds when it rejected a Texas clean-air plan it thought was too lax, an appellate court has ruled. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the EPA was limited to reviewing whether Texas's controversial plan met the absolute minimums o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Good Air Pollution News in Texas? "Flexible Permit" Companies Agree to EPA Guidelines

    Breath of fresh air​It's a rarity: Good air-pollution news in Texas that doesn't involve the Obama administration forcing state officials to do their job. The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that 156 Texas companies who have received the notoriously loose "flexible" permits ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    EPA Hits Texas, Other States With Tougher Air Pollution Regulations: Cue Outrage From Rick Perry, Greg Abbott

    Feds up the ante in battle against TCEQ, Perry​The Environmental Protection Agency announced stricter rules on air pollution, rules that will especially affect Texas, whose politicians have been fighting tenaciously to avoid federal regulation of the state's many pollution producers. The EPA ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Texas AG Greg Abbott Grabs The Spotlight In Fight Against EPA's Tailpipe-Emissions Rule

    Greg Abbott leads a mostly southern uprising​Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants everyone to know that he is doing everything he can to stop the federal Environmental Protection Agency from trying to implement greenhouse-gas limits on cars and trucks. In the latest of a series of lawsuit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Texas To EPA: Keep Your Hands Off Our Rubber Stamp!!

    Texas goes to court​As expected, Texas state officials are not just going to roll over and accept the Obama administration's taking away their right to rubber-stamp every application to let companies pour greenhouses gases into the air. Texas AG Greg Abbott went to court today, filing a petit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    TCEQ Gets Slammed: Feds Take Powers Away From Texas' Air-Pollution "Watchdog"

    TCEQ step aside, feds say​Is an agency a "watchdog" when it doesn't watch? Apparently the feds don't think so. In a bold move today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it was taking over the job of issuing greenhouse-gas permits in Texas because the Texas Council on Environmental ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    EPA Gives Houston Big Grant To Boost Electric Cars And (Non-Electric) Bikes

    Dollars for clean-air initiatives​The Environmental Protection Agency has just announced it's giving a $423,000 grant to Houston to help the city boost its electric-car program.The city already has about two dozen charging stations downtown for the vehicles, and now can add more and also improve b ... 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

    July 26, 2010

    Greg Abbott Sues Obama Administration Over Clean-Air Rules

    Dumb bureaucrats........​The Texas regulations on clean air, such as they are, have done a marvelous job for years, and we don't need the feds messing with our pristine environment, Texas attorney general Greg Abbott said today in a suit filed against the Obama administration.Texas' (notorious) Fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Rick Perry To EPA: Stop. Sierra Club To EPA: Hurry The Eff Up

    The Environmental Protection Agency is getting hit from both ends for its actions in Texas.The EPA has threatened to take over the permitting process from the Texas Commissin on Environmental Quality if the TCEQ doesn't get tougher on polluters.Governor Rick Perry was in Deer Park yesterday, once a ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Houston Scores Big In Fed's List Of Cities With Energy-Efficient Buildings

    ​Houston's air may be a national joke, but we do score the occasional surprise good showing in environmental matters.The Environmental Protection Agency today put out its list of the Top 25 cities with the highest number of energy-efficient buildings, and Houston came in a solid sixth.The EPA coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    The EPA Might Actually Listen To People At Today's Hearing On Ozone Levels

    ​The Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of deciding exactly how low it is going to decrease the national smog pollution limit, otherwise known as ozone, and clean-air advocates want you to do your part to help ensure a cleaner, healthier Houston.All day today, the EPA is hosting a pub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    More Bad Benzene Numbers, And They're Probably Worse Than They Sound

    ​Oil and gas make the world go 'round, but refining the stuff can be deadly business. And according to a new report, the cancer-causing chemical known as benzene is on the rise.Earlier today, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project released a study showing that benzene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Obama's EPA Accused Of "Castrating" Clean Air Act In Houston

    ​Clean-air advocates in Texas had such high hopes for the EPA under the Obama administration. After all, the federal environmental agency has said that, as early as today, it will significantly lower the national ozone limit and has essentially stated that some of Texas' pro-business industrial pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    The EPA: "Castrating," Maybe, But Also Getting Tougher

    ​The EPA may giveth, but it can also taketh away -- the agency is toughening guidelines in the fight against smog pollution, lowering the national ozone limit for the eight-hour standard.A federal Environmental Protection Agency spokesman says the agency will announce today that it is lowering the ... More >>

  • News

    December 17, 2009

    A Quiet Hell: Game Time

    Flexible permits offer a loophole big enough to drive an oil tanker through.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    An Update On Just How Safe Your Tap Water Is (Or Isn't)

    Illustration courtesy​A little more than a year ago, the Houston Press brought you a story about a growing movement aimed at ditching those store-bought plastic bottles of water for the stuff that flows from the tap. After all, advocates claimed, tap water is safe, cheap and environm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Houston Actually Does Well On An EPA List

    Oh, crap. The Environmental Protection Agency has put out another list.This can't be good for is?Yes, apparently so: Houston is the top city in Texas -- and the third in the entire country, behind two frou-frou California cities -- when it comes to the number of "green" buildings. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    BP Pays Big (Kinda) To Settle Texas City Pollution Claims

    Good news and bad news for Texas City: The good news is that BP will be spending $167 million to reduce pollution in its plant there.The bad news is that they were polluting the area so bad it's going to take $167 million to do something about it.The Environmental Protection Agency announced today t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    New EPA List Of Polluted Cities Leaves Off Houston, To Some Folks' Dismay

    The good news is that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued its list of counties that don't meet the agency's standards for fine-particle air pollution, and Harris County is not on that list.The bad news is that the American Lung Association thinks it damn well should be on the list.The EPA ... More >>

  • News

    April 14, 2005
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    March 31, 2005

    Wretched Excess

    Sludge, spread across the land, makes some people vomit and others very rich

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    Paradise Lost

    Milby's cleanup cost Houston $10 million. Now HCC says the site is still contaminated.

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Looking for Answers Down Below

    The city doesn't seem to care that a Houston developer's plans for high-density apartments and a supermarket rest atop abandoned oil fields and possible contamination

  • News

    October 15, 1998

    Abatement by Any Other Name...

    A Heights mother tries to get the lead out

  • 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

    December 14, 1995
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    November 23, 1995

    The Exterminator

    Tom DeLay, the bug man from Sugar Land, has always despised environmental regulation. Now, as House majority whip, he's in a position to do something about it.

  • News

    January 12, 1995

    Clunkers R Us

    Sell your jalopy, help an industry breathe easier

  • News

    May 19, 1994

    The Battle for Lavaca Bay

    Diane Wilson asked only that her home bay be allowed to live. She says she was told no. So she went to war.

  • 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

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