Air Quality 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? EPA, Texas Finalize Air Permitting Program http://kut.org/post/epa-texas-finalize-air-permitting-program <p>The State of Texas and the E<a href="http://www.epa.gov/">nvironmental Protection Agency</a> have been battling over air permits for years. But now it looks like there's an official agreement between the two.</p><p>This week the EPA announced its final approval of revisions to the state's permitting program for "major air pollution sources." But "final" may be something of a misnomer, because the two sides actually announced an agreement on the program way back in June.</p><p>KUT News' pals at <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/">StateImpact Texas</a> covered the <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/06/07/whats-behind-epas-approval-of-texas-new-clean-air-plan/">announcement</a> then. Here's a little bit from their report:</p><blockquote><p>So what are the changes exactly? Under the PALS program, emissions monitoring is done on specific units at each site under an overall emissions cap, as opposed to a blanket site-wide cap with no specific unit monitoring as before. “Even though they create some flexibility for those units, they don’t allow you to cover an entire site with pollution limits,” Soward says. The EPA also says the new program requires continuous monitoring.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:24:40 +0000 Ben Philpott 5327 at http://kut.org EPA, Texas Finalize Air Permitting Program AM Update: Central Texas Ozone Watch, Texas Supreme Court Judge Resigns http://kut.org/post/am-update-central-texas-ozone-watch-texas-supreme-court-judge-resigns <p>Did you see the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/excitement-over-austin-skies-space-shuttle-norad-jets-fly-over" target="_blank">Space Shuttle Endeavor fly over Austin</a> this morning? Send us a picture to <a href="mailto:news@kut.org">news@kut.org</a>. Here's a look at what else is happening in the area:</p><p><strong>Central Texas Ozone Watch</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.cleanairforce.org/">Clean Air Force of Central Texas</a> is predicting “Level Orange” ozone levels for today. The areas affected by this Ozone Watch include Hays, Travis, Williamson, Caldwell and Bastrop Counties.</p><p>According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s <a href="http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/compliance/monops/aqi_rpt.pl">Air Quality Index, </a>Austin’s air quality is currently “good."</p><p>Individuals with chronic lung disease, the elderly and young children are particularly sensitive to ground-level ozone. They should attempt to avoid exposure by minimizing exertion outdoors today.</p><p>The Clean Air Force of Central Texas encourages everyone to reduce air pollution by carpooling or riding the bus, tuning up vehicles and waiting to refuel until after 6 p.m.</p><p><strong>Texas Supreme Court Justice Resigns</strong></p><p>A Texas Supreme Court Justice is resigning and will go into private law practice in Austin. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:58:22 +0000 Hady Karl Mawajdeh & Laura Rice 5110 at http://kut.org AM Update: Central Texas Ozone Watch, Texas Supreme Court Judge Resigns Texas Officials Cheer As Court Reverses EPA Pollution Rule http://kut.org/post/texas-officials-cheer-court-reverses-epa-pollution-rule <p>You could call it a win for Texas officials in their ongoing battle against the Environmental Protection Agency.</p><p>A federal appeals court <a href="https://www.oag.state.tx.us/newspubs/releases/2012/082112DCCircuitCourtEPAOpinion.pdf" target="_blank">decided this morning</a> the EPA went beyond its authority with a cross-state air pollution rule. The rule would have clamped down on power plant pollution that affects air quality in neighboring states. It was <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/court-grants-air-pollution-rule-delay" target="_blank">set to go in effect in January</a> but several states, including Texas, sued to stop it.</p><p>Attorney General Greg Abbott is leading the charge for Texas against the EPA. He <a href="https://www.oag.state.tx.us/oagNews/release.php?id=4126" target="_blank">issued this statement</a> about today's ruling: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:35:09 +0000 Laura Rice 4918 at http://kut.org Texas Officials Cheer As Court Reverses EPA Pollution Rule New Series on Air Pollution http://kut.org/post/new-series-air-pollution <p>Today, NPR, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) and StateImpact launched a new series investigating air pollution and regulation across the country. The series is entitled, &quot;Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities.&quot; StateImpact has more on the project on its <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2011/11/07/stateimpact-npr-poisoned-places-a-special-investigative-report/#more-1184">website</a>.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 21:48:46 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2931 at http://kut.org New Series on Air Pollution Texas Officials Unmollified by Pollution Rule Changes http://kut.org/post/texas-officials-unmollified-pollution-rule-changes <p>The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epa.gov/airtransport/actions.html" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " target="_self">proposed scaling back some requirements</a>&nbsp;of its cross-state rule for reducing air pollution &mdash; a rule that has incited the fury of Texas officials including Gov. Rick Perry.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:27:58 +0000 Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune 2684 at http://kut.org Texas Officials Unmollified by Pollution Rule Changes Sealing Your Home Could Result In Harmful Air http://kut.org/post/sealing-your-home-could-result-harmful-air <p>As temperatures soar into the 100s again this summer in Austin, many homeowners will be cranking up their air conditioners. However, unknown to many, the desirable, cooler air they&rsquo;re breathing could be harmful.</p><p>Richard Corsi, a professor at the University of Texas who studies air quality, notices that many U.S. homeowners, particularly those living in warm climates, are sealing up their houses by fixing cracks around their windows, replacing old weather strips, and so on. Tue, 07 Jun 2011 21:45:28 +0000 Erin Austin 1655 at http://kut.org Sealing Your Home Could Result In Harmful Air