pollution http://tpr.org en EPA Wants Texas To Cut Carbon Emissions By Nearly 40% Under New Rules http://tpr.org/post/epa-wants-texas-cut-carbon-emissions-nearly-40-under-new-rules <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/clean-power-plan-proposed-rule" target="_blank">Newly proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules</a> for existing coal-fired power plants have several state and federal officials up in arms over the possible economic impact for Texas businesses.</span></p><p><strike>This year the EPA plans to implement rules on existing coal-fired power plants, which will have three years to fix and update their facilities or face hefty fines.</strike></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:38:30 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32722 at http://tpr.org EPA Wants Texas To Cut Carbon Emissions By Nearly 40% Under New Rules SARA Addressing Trash & Debris Problem In Olmos Basin With Strategic Cleanup Plan http://tpr.org/post/sara-addressing-trash-debris-problem-olmos-basin-strategic-cleanup-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The San Antonio River Authority has begun a process to clean up trash and debris that end up in </span>Olmos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Basin. Officials are working on a project to remove&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">much of the trash dumped in far northwest </span>Bexar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County before it winds up in the San Antonio River.</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:39:20 +0000 Eileen Pace 32094 at http://tpr.org SARA Addressing Trash & Debris Problem In Olmos Basin With Strategic Cleanup Plan SCOTUS Rules Against State Of Texas In EPA Cross-Border State Pollution Case http://tpr.org/post/scotus-rules-against-state-texas-epa-cross-border-state-pollution-case <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 Cross-Border Pollution Provision that was added to the Federal Clean Air Act. The State of Texas led the opposition against the provision, which was meant to address air pollution drifting into neighboring states.</span></p><p>Supreme Court justices voted to overturn the lower court’s ruling on a vote of 6-2 in favor of the EPA’s rule that is designed to curb air pollution from coal-fired power plants that are located in 28 states.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:33:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30855 at http://tpr.org SCOTUS Rules Against State Of Texas In EPA Cross-Border State Pollution Case The Source: Fuel Spill Into San Antonio River Leaves Questions http://tpr.org/post/source-fuel-spill-san-antonio-river-leaves-questions <p>Earlier in the month a jet fuel spill from the <a href="http://www.calumetspecialty.com/" target="_blank">Calumet Specialty Products</a> refinery left the community asking questions about the safety of the plant. The second in two months, the operator announced changes to the railcar loading area and other upgrades to prevent future spills.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:21:07 +0000 Paul Flahive 30595 at http://tpr.org The Source: Fuel Spill Into San Antonio River Leaves Questions 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