More than 21,000 unexpected pollution releases by Texas companies have released over 400,000 tons of air pollution in Texas from 2016 to 2022.
Biden Administration Moves to Tighten Limits on Deadly Air Pollution
The Biden administration proposed tightening restrictions on fine particulate matter, a dangerous air pollutant sometimes known as soot. It would be the first time in more than a decade that the federal government takes action against a toxin that causes thousands of premature lives each year. Smokestacks, construction, transportation, power plants, and other industrial activities produce fine particulate matter. It has a maximum diameter of 2.5 micrometers, or one-thirtieth the width of a human hair, and may get buried in the lungs. It has been related to heart attacks, strokes, and respiratory problems. The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulation would restrict the existing limit, which has been in effect since 2012, by up to 25%. According to the government, it might avoid up to 4,200 premature deaths every year, as well as 270,000 lost workdays, and result in up to $43 billion in net health and economic gains by 2032. Because they are usually situated near roads, power plants, and other industrial facilities, poor and minority neighborhoods are disproportionately exposed to soot and other air pollution. A 2018 research published in The American Journal of Public Health by E.P.A. experts discovered that Black communities were at a higher risk of health issues from industrial soot exposure than the overall population.
Black communities smothered 24/7 by toxic industries keep getting strung along, with no apology in sight.
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According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), countries spent a record-breaking $1 trillion on fossil fuel subsidies in 2022.
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Advocates criticized Biden’s Council on Environmental Quality for excluding race as a key factor in its tool and have added the metric in their alternative version.
Residents of a Louisiana parish located in the heart of a cluster of polluting petrochemical factories filed a lawsuit in federal court.
The EPA wants to limit how much soot you breathe. Here’s what it means for Texas and one of its historic Black towns.
Federal limits on particulate matter commonly known as soot could mean cleaner, safer air for Texans. But environmental experts worry Texas may snub rules.
Residents in industry-choked Randolph renew efforts to block the power company’s plans near their fragile town.
The US Department of Agriculture is rolling out a new $3.1bn program to make payments towards loans for farmers who are behind on loan payments or on the brink of foreclosure.
The U.S. EPA has ordered Union Pacific Railroad to investigate potential contamination in and around the former wood preserving facility in Greater Fifth Ward area of Houston, TX.
The revised version of the U.S. government's "disadvantaged communities" tool automatically considers more than 750 federally recognized tribal tracts disadvantaged.
The Gulf of Mexico is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the oceans on earth, according to a new study.
The protection of children from pesticide exposure varies from state to state in the US due to different laws and regulations.