TCEQ http://kut.org en Why Are Texas Children Suing Environmental Regulators? http://kut.org/post/why-are-texas-children-suing-environmental-regulators <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F112585445" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Texas children are suing the <a href="http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/">Texas Commission on Environmental Quality</a>, claiming the TCEQ should have to protect the quality of the air the same way it&rsquo;s required to protect the quality of water.</p><p>As part of a&nbsp;<a href="http://ourchildrenstrust.org/">nationwide movement</a>, the youth are asking the agency to protect water under the public trust doctrine &ndash; the historic idea that the state is responsible for the quality of a shared resource.</p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:24:56 +0000 Mark Gwin 8789 at http://kut.org Why Are Texas Children Suing Environmental Regulators? Today's an 'Ozone Action Day' – What You Need to Know http://kut.org/post/todays-ozone-action-day-what-you-need-know <p><strong>Update: </strong>Today's the third Ozone Action Day of the year. Austin remains dangerously close to falling out of attainment of the clean air standard of 75 parts of ozone per billion. At last check, Austin was at 72.</p><div><p>“Being a non-attainment area it’s much harder to recruit business. It also accounts for a lot of absenteeism in schools because a lot of children have asthma and air pollution has been found to directly exacerbate asthma in children," Deanna Altenhoff, Executive Director of Clean Air of Central Texas, said. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:34:26 +0000 Rachel Adams-Heard & Laura Rice 8275 at http://kut.org Today's an 'Ozone Action Day' – What You Need to Know Country Troubadour Kevin Fowler Wants You to 'Take Care of Texas' http://kut.org/post/country-troubadour-kevin-fowler-wants-you-take-care-texas <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-4c43ef58-109a-72c3-3dd0-e7a0320f5d11" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Today the <a href="http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/">Texas Commission on Environmental Quality</a> and <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/">Texas Parks and Wildlife </a>announced a new statewide public service campaign: “Take Care of Texas.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; ">The campaign featuring a jingle written and performed by Texas country music star Kevin Fowler.&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 19px; line-height: 2; ">The tune stresses the importance of water and energy conservation, especially during this period of extended drought.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:15:00 +0000 Emery Reifsnyder 7987 at http://kut.org Country Troubadour Kevin Fowler Wants You to 'Take Care of Texas' TCEQ Needs More Time to Examine LCRA Water Plan http://kut.org/post/tceq-needs-more-time-examine-lcra-water-plan <p><a href="http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality</a> is taking more time to review the Lower Colorado River Authority’s water management plan. The additional evaluation could take about a year.</p><p>The water management plan directs how <a href="http://www.lcra.org/" target="_blank">the LCRA</a> uses lakes Travis and Buchanan to meet the needs of water users. The state wants to meet with stakeholders and collect more data before approving the new plan.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:57:25 +0000 Laura Rice & Filipa Rodrigues 7981 at http://kut.org TCEQ Needs More Time to Examine LCRA Water Plan How to Report Smoking Vehicles to the State http://kut.org/post/how-report-smoking-vehicles-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you see a vehicle belching smoke, there’s a way to report it.</span></p><p>The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality encourages drivers to <a href="http://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/mobilesource/vetech/smokingvehicles.html">report vehicles </a>they see that are emitting dirty smoke for more than 10 consecutive seconds.</p><p>The TCEQ then sends a letter to the owner suggesting an inspection. Compliance is voluntary.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:06:39 +0000 Trey Shaar 7174 at http://kut.org How to Report Smoking Vehicles to the State Bill Would Hold Tire Haulers Accountable for Illegal Dumping http://kut.org/post/bill-would-hold-tire-haulers-accountable-illegal-dumping <p><strong>Correction:&nbsp;</strong>An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the&nbsp;TCEQ&nbsp;counted six illegal piles of tires in Travis County.&nbsp;In fact, the&nbsp;TCEQ&nbsp;has identified only&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/628075-tceq-2013-texas-scrap-tire-map.html">one pile&nbsp;</a>in Travis County with a tire count between 7,300 and 299,999.&nbsp;We regret the error.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Original story: </strong>Next time you’re driving your car, look at all the tires around you. When those tires wear out, they have to go somewhere.</span></p><p>Every year, more than 24 million tires <a href="http://www.tceq.texas.gov/tires/tirefacts.html">leave the roads</a> in Texas. And many of them are dumped illegally. A proposal before the Legislature today aims to reduce that problem.</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:04:53 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7112 at http://kut.org Bill Would Hold Tire Haulers Accountable for Illegal Dumping Eww... There's Too Much Fecal Bacteria in Four Austin Creeks http://kut.org/post/eww-theres-too-much-fecal-bacteria-four-austin-creeks <p>The City of Austin and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) are asking the public to come out tonight to be involved in finding solutions for cleaning up four Austin streams.</p><p>Walnut Creek, Waller Creek, Taylor Slough and the Spicewood Tributary of Shoal Creek all <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/law/centers/cppdr/training/tmdl.php" target="_blank">exceed the acceptable standard for E. Coli</a>. The high levels of fecal bacteria make the streams potentially unsafe for people to get in the water.</p><p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:22:32 +0000 Laura Rice & Laura Rice 5739 at http://kut.org Eww... There's Too Much Fecal Bacteria in Four Austin Creeks Ozone Watch Sees Central Texas Nearing Non-Compliance http://kut.org/post/ozone-watch-sees-central-texas-nearing-non-compliance <p>Central Texas is under an <a href="http://cleanairforceofcentraltexas.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/y/675E830B37B21E4C/D1573AB304ABE6B82C69F821C9DCC086">Ozone Watch</a> today and tomorrow.</p><p>Watches are usually issued during the summer months when the temperatures are higher and humidity is lower.&nbsp; And so far this year the area is already dangerously close to exceeding <a href="http://www.capcog.org/divisions/regional-services/ozone-standards">EPA standards</a>. Austin sits at a 74 parts-per-billion average for ozone. If that average jumps to 75 PPB, the area will be in non-compliance.&nbsp;</p><p>“If we get one day at one site in particular, like our Northwest Austin site which has a 79 parts-per-billion eight-hour average …&nbsp;one more at that level will throw us into non-compliance," says Bryan Lambeth, senior meteorologist at <a href="http://www.tceq.texas.gov/">Texas Commission on Environmental Quality</a>.</p><p>Deana <span>Altenhoff</span>, Executive Director of the<a href="http://www.cleanairforce.org/index.html">&nbsp;CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas</a>, agrees. "Ozone season ends October <span>31st</span>," <span>Altenhoff says</span>. "This is our most critical time of the year because historically this is when we see our highest levels of ozone."&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:16:09 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5120 at http://kut.org Ozone Watch Sees Central Texas Nearing Non-Compliance AM Update: Cap Metro Readies Layoffs, Arts Patron Umlauf Dies, Grants for Cleaner Fleets http://kut.org/post/am-update-cap-metro-readies-layoffs-arts-patron-umlauf-dies-grants-cleaner-fleets <p><strong>Cap Metro Preps Layoffs in Labor Transition; Says Most Employees Will Be Offered Jobs</strong></p><p>Capital Metro is laying off more than 800 union employees as it prepares to outsource those jobs to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/cap-metro-staff-makes-contractor-recommendations" target="_blank">two contractors</a>.</p><p>The transit agency says the union workers&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/cap-metro-workers-should-keep-jobs-under-contractors" target="_blank">will be offered jobs</a>&nbsp;under the new operators, as long as they can pass driving and drug tests.</p><p>More than 50 supervisors are also being laid off. They are not part of the union so they are not guaranteed new jobs, but will be given first consideration, Cap Metro says.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:33:28 +0000 Chip Skambis, Margaret Nicklas & Laura Rice 4458 at http://kut.org AM Update: Cap Metro Readies Layoffs, Arts Patron Umlauf Dies, Grants for Cleaner Fleets Texas Greens Cheer New EPA Mercury Rules http://kut.org/post/texas-greens-cheer-new-epa-mercury-rules <p>The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epa.gov/mats/basic.html" target="_self">rule</a>&nbsp;on Wednesday aimed at reducing the amount of mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. It is unlikely to improve Texas officials&#39; low opinion of the agency.</p><p><br />&quot;This is a victory for public health, especially the health of our children,&quot; said Lisa Jackson, the EPA&#39;s head, as she announced the rules at a children&#39;s medical center in Washington, D.C.<br /><br /> The rules will take full effect in 2016, Jackson said. &quot;Before this rule, there were no national standards limiting the amount of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases,&quot; she said. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:38:56 +0000 Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune 3277 at http://kut.org Texas Greens Cheer New EPA Mercury Rules Texas House To EPA: Don’t Regulate Our Greenhouse Gas http://kut.org/post/texas-house-epa-don%E2%80%99t-regulate-our-greenhouse-gas <p>The <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/">Texas House</a> approved a measure 107-34 today urging US Congress to prevent the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/">Environmental Protection Agency</a> (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions in the Lonestar State.</p><p><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&amp;Bill=HCR66">House Concurrent Resolution 66</a> (HCR 66) claims that EPA regulations constitute &ldquo;an abuse of power&rdquo; and &ldquo;are projected to cost Texas more than 300,000 jobs&rdquo; because of higher energy prices and the costs associated with regulatory compliance. Fri, 20 May 2011 22:07:22 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1528 at http://kut.org Texas House To EPA: Don’t Regulate Our Greenhouse Gas Officials Check For Groundwater Contamination Near Georgetown Fuel Spill http://kut.org/post/officials-check-groundwater-contamination-near-georgetown-fuel-spill <p>A 3,500 gallon gasoline spill in a residential neighborhood of Georgetown is being investigated by the state to see how deeply the fuel may have seeped into the ground. The <a href="http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/">Texas Commission on Environmental Quality</a> is leading the environmental assessment in the <a href="http://sctxca.org/suncity/about/">Sun City retirement community</a>.</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 20:17:58 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1277 at http://kut.org Officials Check For Groundwater Contamination Near Georgetown Fuel Spill Las Brisas Permit Approved http://kut.org/post/las-brisas-permit-approved <p>The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved an air permit for the $3 billion <a href="http://www.lasbrisasenergy.com/">Las Brisas</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_coke">petroleum coke</a>-fired power plant in Corpus Christi against the recommendations of two state administrative law judges and the Environmental Protection Agency. (Read the <a href="http://kut.org/items/show/23866">story</a> from KUT.)</p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:57:33 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News & Erika Aguilar, KUT News 677 at http://kut.org Las Brisas Permit Approved EPA Takes Over Greenhouse Gas Permiting in Texas http://kut.org/post/epa-takes-over-greenhouse-gas-permiting-texas <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has partly taken Texas' air permitting program. The EPA will issue greenhouse gas permits to facilities in Texas after <a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/d2f038e9daed78de8525780200568bec%21OpenDocument">today's announcement</a> that states are now obligated to regulate greenhouse gases. Texas is the only state that has chosen not to comply with EPA mandates. Thu, 23 Dec 2010 17:44:00 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 522 at http://kut.org Texas Gets Ticked With Feds Over Water Permit Spat http://kut.org/post/texas-gets-ticked-feds-over-water-permit-spat <p>In another round of disagreements, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to take care of water permits that are expired and not in compliance.</p><p>The EPA sent a <a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/bbc3b46e8ded1e28852577ed00731add?OpenDocument">press release</a> yesterday.</p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 20:08:21 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 397 at http://kut.org Texas Gets Ticked With Feds Over Water Permit Spat