pollution http://tpr.org en Under New EPA Standard, San Antonio May Fall Into "Non-Attainment" With Clean Air Act http://tpr.org/post/under-new-epa-standard-san-antonio-may-fall-non-attainment-clean-air-act <p>The race is on for this area to stay in compliance with federal guidelines on air quality but local leaders are being pushed up against huge obstacles.</p><p>The biggest hurdle may be complying with a lower Environmental Protection Agency standard, currently set at 75 parts per billion. San Antonio is just outside that number, while technically still in attainment of the Clean Air Act.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:13:39 +0000 Ryan Loyd 30077 at http://tpr.org Under New EPA Standard, San Antonio May Fall Into "Non-Attainment" With Clean Air Act Investigators Looking Into Weekend Mission Reach Fuel Spill http://tpr.org/post/investigators-looking-weekend-mission-reach-fuel-spill <p></p><p>Investigators are looking into a weekend fuel spill that shut down paddling trails on the San Antonio River. O<span style="line-height: 1.5;">il booms were still in place along the Mission Reach Monday, but parts of the river closed Saturday were open again.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:49:47 +0000 Eileen Pace 30048 at http://tpr.org Investigators Looking Into Weekend Mission Reach Fuel Spill Oil Cleanup Moves Carefully On Matagorda & Padre Island http://tpr.org/post/oil-cleanup-moves-carefully-matagorda-padre-island <p>Padre Island National Seashore has reopened its beaches after cleanup of the oil spill that made its way from Galveston to the southern coastline.</p><p>But farther up the coast, government agencies and volunteers are still struggling to clean up the oil that settled in at Matagorda Island, while protecting its wildlife.</p><p>It’s been more than two weeks since a barge in the Houston Ship Channel spilled 168,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay. It took a while for the oil to drift southward to the pristine beaches that draw more than 300 bird species each spring.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:51:04 +0000 Eileen Pace 29724 at http://tpr.org Oil Cleanup Moves Carefully On Matagorda & Padre Island City Staff Will Propose Options For Possible Plastic Bag Ban http://tpr.org/post/city-staff-will-propose-options-possible-plastic-bag-ban <p>City leaders are in the middle of talks about a possible ban on single-use plastic bags in the Alamo City. While the debate lingers on, city staff members have come up with several options they will present a council committee with in April.</p><p>Among the choices are:</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:07:03 +0000 Ryan Loyd 28486 at http://tpr.org City Staff Will Propose Options For Possible Plastic Bag Ban Texas Lawmaker Requests Bag Ban Opinion From Attorney General Abbott http://tpr.org/post/texas-lawmaker-requests-bag-ban-opinion-attorney-general-abbott <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, says several members of the Texas Retailers Association have requested he find about the legality of some Texas city’s efforts to ban the use of plastic shopping bags.</span></p><p>Flynn is hoping to discover whether plastic bag bans violate sections of the state’s Health and Safety Code:</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:37:45 +0000 Ryan Poppe 27877 at http://tpr.org The Source: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Texas v. The EPA http://tpr.org/post/source-us-supreme-court-hears-texas-v-epa <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A major climate change initiative by the Obama administration has been challenged. The White House, in an re-interpretation of the Clean Air Act, enacted stricter regulations for greenhouse gases, and stated it would begin permitting polluters.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:25:57 +0000 Paul Flahive 27233 at http://tpr.org The Source: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Texas v. The EPA The Source: Stem Cell Research In San Antonio | Our City's Environmental Challenges http://tpr.org/post/source-stem-cell-research-san-antonio-our-citys-environmental-challenges <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.nature.com/news/acid-bath-offers-easy-path-to-stem-cells-1.14600" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Embyro-less stem cells </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will revolutionize the research that has for decades been mired in the moral dilemma. A new study points out another avenue for researchers looking to avoid the "potential-human-life vs life-saving therapies debate."</span></p><p>What does this mean for future efforts in stem cell research and personalized medicine?</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:45:44 +0000 Paul Flahive 26611 at http://tpr.org The Source: Stem Cell Research In San Antonio | Our City's Environmental Challenges The Source: Getting Pollution On The Record | Craft Brewing Explodes http://tpr.org/post/source-getting-pollution-record-craft-brewing-explodes <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A loophole is letting hundreds of oil and gas companies emit a combined </span><a href="http://www.environmentalintegrity.org/news_reports/01_30_2014.php" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">8.5 million tons </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of toxic chemicals every year in America and they don’t have to tell the public anything about it.</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:07:43 +0000 Paul Flahive 26244 at http://tpr.org The Source: Getting Pollution On The Record | Craft Brewing Explodes After Years Of Contention, EPA Backs Down On Texas Clean Air Permitting http://tpr.org/post/after-years-contention-epa-backs-down-texas-clean-air-permitting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement as it pertains to Texas’ clean air plan. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he resolution allows major polluters like oil refineries some flexibility on clean air permits.</span></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:40:43 +0000 Ryan Poppe 25923 at http://tpr.org After Years Of Contention, EPA Backs Down On Texas Clean Air Permitting EPA Cleared In Latest Report On North Texas Drinking Water Contamination Case http://tpr.org/post/epa-cleared-latest-report-north-texas-drinking-water-contamination-case <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> The Environmental Protection Agency drew fire from gas interests and politicians in how it handled the case in Parker County, which is west of Fort Worth, but the new report finds the agency followed all laws and rules in the investigation. Also on this show: Oil lobby contests crude oil export policy, Texas Monthly's Bum Steer Award(s) and a holiday tamale making tradition.</p><p><strong>The Fracking Water Games: Catching Fire</strong></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:54:09 +0000 David Martin Davies 24175 at http://tpr.org EPA Cleared In Latest Report On North Texas Drinking Water Contamination Case