Energy & Environment

environment
1:33 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

Texas Ditches Internet for New Wave of Appliance Rebates

The Texas Comptroller is using USPS to run its next round of appliance rebates after a web-based effort in April fell flat.
Image courtesy Texas Comptroller

If you were thinking of buying an energy efficient appliance for Christmas, stop! Wait until after December 20, and the state of Texas will literally give you money to buy it. But after some embarassing problems last spring, you won't be able to file for your rebate online.

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Environment
12:52 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

WTP4 Heats Up Austin City Council Meeting

City Council is taking some key votes Thursday to move Water Treatment Plant 4 forward.
Graphic courtesy of the City of Austin.

Speaker after speaker spoke out for and against Water Treatment Plant 4 during this morning's Austin City Council meeting.  Council members are voting on about $300 million remaining in construction contracts for the plant.  (Take a closer look at the contracts on the council agenda here)

Bill Bunch, executive director of the Save Our Springs Alliance, repeated his plea to council members to vote against the project.  He thinks it’s a waste of money:

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environment
3:05 pm
Fri November 12, 2010

Texas to Consider Accepting Low-Level Radioactive Waste From Across US

A Waste Control Specialists facility in Andrews, Texas
Image from Waste Control Specialists' Facebook page

A hearing in Midland, Texas tomorrow will move foward on adopting a process that could allow a low-level radioactive waste facility in West Texas to accept toxic waste from states other than just Texas and Vermont.

The hearing will be held by the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission, an organization with representatives from Texas and Vermont. There are about ten such compacts across the US involving two or more states cooperating on radioactive waste disposal.

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parks and recreation
10:35 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Devil's River Land Deal for TPWD Off The Table For Now

TPWD wanted to trade this piece of land for some land it owns plus $7.9 million. But the deal is off the table for now.
Photo courtesy of Laurence Parent.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioners decided yesterday to delay considering the Devil's River land deal at their regularly meeting this week. Instead, TPWD staff has been asked to continue working on the project and to explore other ways the agency can aquire land for a new state park or preserve in the Devil's River area.

Commission chairman Peter Holt of San Antonio released this statement in a TPWD press release:

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environment
2:58 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Plant Near Kyle Leaks 100,000 Gallons of Wastewater into Creek

Officials are investigating the cause of the 100,000 gallon leakage of wastewater into an unnamed tributary of Plum Creek.
Image courtesy of the City of Klye

Environmental experts are currently monitoring Plum Creek after 100,000 gallons of wastewater leaked from a plant in Kyle, a town 20 minutes south of Austin. Per a City of Kyle press release:

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Environment
10:34 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Keep Austin Beautiful Awards To Be Given Today

The 25th Annual KAB Awards were given today to eight exceptional entities commited to beautifying the city.
Photo Courtesy of KAB

The 25th annual Keep Austin Beautiful awards will be handed out today at a luncheon at the Sheraton Austin. The awards are intended to “honor the efforts of businesses, individuals, and community groups, both large and small, that serve as inspirations for greater environmental stewardship.” The awards will acknowledge the contributions of eight different people and organizations, as well as a name a “best of the best” for the organization that has contributed most to the beautification of the city.

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Environment
5:33 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

TPWD Postpones Vote On Devil's River Land Deal

Devil's River State Natural Area is located on east side of the river. TPWD is looking to sell this piece of land for a ranch downstream.
Photo courtesy of © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Texas Parks and Wildlife officials have postponed a vote this week that would have finalized a land deal along the Devil's River in Val Verde County near Del Rio.

The vote was postponed pending a public briefing planned for tomorrow at the Texas Parks and Wildlife commission's Conservation Committee.

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sustainability
4:08 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Dell Is Greenest Large Company in America Says Newsweek

Dell tops a Newsweek list ranking the "greenness" of the 500 largest companies in the US
Image courtesy Flickr user dontthinkfeel http://www.flickr.com/photos/dontthinkfeel/

Newsweek just released its second annual green ranking of America's 500 largest companies. Topping the list is Round Rock-based Dell, which employs about 16,000 people in Central Texas.

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