Environment

As part of Texas Public Radio's on-going focus on the environment, we are proud to bring the public and our members special events, stories and initiatives to help improve and draw attention to the city's health and environment.

EPA

FORT WORTH — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has requested that the Environmental Protection Agency scrap plans to tighten national emission limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, arguing the change would be bad for the economy.

The new regulations on ground-level ozone, proposed last November, would “stifle economic growth and job creation,” Abbott said in a statement Monday, announcing a letter sent to EPA director Gina McCarthy.

In the letter, sent a day before the EPA's public comment period on the proposal ends and signed by Abbott and the governors of 10 other states, the agency is urged to maintain the current standard at 75 parts per billion.

David Martin Davies

Hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – is the practice of extracting oil trapped in shale rock. It’s producing large quantities of oil in South Texas in the Eagle Ford Shale. That’s one reason why the price of oil has dropped.  But there are questions about the environmental cost of fracking. And one 78-year old nun wants to make sure fracking is done right.

Driving down Texas Highway 72 Sister Elizabeth Riebschlaeger is following a flatbed trailer and calling 9-1-1.

Jamey Vogel / Hill Country Fruit Growers

It is expected to be a prolific season for Texas Hill Country peaches, thanks to some ideal weather conditions this winter.  

Jamey Vogel, president of the Hill Country Fruit Council, said that the late cold weather has been good for Texas peaches. “We have had really good chilling hours this winter, which is really important for the buds to break out of dormancy, which they’re doing now,” he said.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is starting the environmental study phase of its proposal to build a double-decker highway along I-35 north, and Monday, March 9, is the last day for public comment.

TxDOT spokeswoman Laura Lopez said the 15-mile project is designed to ease I-35 congestion for commuters and commercial traffic between Loop 410 and FM 1103 in Schertz.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain and sleet, which is in effect from midnight Wednesday to noon Thursday.

Arctic air has moved across Texas. Freezing rain and sleet are possible. Temperatures should rise above freezing after noon Thursday.

Freezing rain and sleet could cause icing of less than 1/10 of an inch. This will make for patchy ice on roads and hazardous driving conditions in some spots.

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