Back

Director's Picks

EPA Orders Union Pacific to Assess Contamination in Houston’s Greater Fifth Ward Neighborhood

Summary

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) to investigate potential contamination in and around the former wood preserving facility in the Greater Fifth Ward area of Houston, Texas. UPRR will conduct the investigation and evaluation, and EPA will oversee their work. The field work is expected to begin in early Spring 2023. The statement of work requires UPRR to conduct several actions, including on- and off-site soil sampling, vapor intrusion investigation at potentially affected residences, evaluating the off-site storm sewer system for potential contamination associated with the site, developing a proposal supporting EPA’s community involvement plan for the site, and conducting a risk evaluation. The results of the investigation will inform the next steps for engagement at and around the site. Additional ongoing investigation and cleanup of the UPRR property is being conducted by UPRR under a TCEQ Industrial and Hazardous Waste Permit.

discover more

June 10, 2024
Climate Change
Climate Change

A recent industry study reveals that the implementation of carbon capture technology could extend global oil production by 84 years.

June 7, 2024
Climate Change
Climate Change

President Biden's recent decision to pause new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export projects marks a significant move toward addressing climate justice.

June 7, 2024
Economic Justice
Economic Justice

This article examines the role of union workers in the transition to electric school buses, focusing on Blue Bird Corporation's efforts.

June 6, 2024
Climate Change
Climate Change

This article examines the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in improving customer retention for community solar projects.

June 6, 2024
Climate Change
Climate Change

The recent severe storm in Houston has highlighted significant vulnerabilities in Texas' infrastructure and emergency response systems.

June 6, 2024
Climate Change
Climate Change

This article explains the phenomenon of a 'heat dome,' a weather pattern that can lead to dangerously high temperatures.

June 4, 2024
Climate Change
Climate Change

California regulators have recognized significant issues within the state's community solar programs.

June 3, 2024
Climate Change
Climate Change

The article discusses the significant increase in hurricane activity during the summer of 2024, attributed to climate change.

June 1, 2024
Climate Change
Climate Change

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a new online tool designed to identify communities most affected by extreme heat.

May 31, 2024

A new microgrid project, named Justice Microgrid, has been launched to provide free legal support for low-income households.

May 30, 2024
Climate Change
Climate Change

An opinion piece in The Hill criticizes current carbon capture initiatives as being counterproductive to environmental justice.

May 30, 2024
Climate Change
Climate Change

Grist reports that rising temperatures due to climate change are negatively impacting fertility and pregnancy outcomes.

May 29, 2024

Liu Thai Ker, renowned as the architect of modern Singapore, transformed the city-state's public housing from squalid slums into spacious, affordable high-rises, creating a model

May 29, 2024
Climate Change
Climate Change

The Biden administration plans to implement stricter regulations on the voluntary carbon markets, aiming to enhance the credibility and effectiveness of carbon offset programs.

May 28, 2024

Texas has introduced its first statewide flood plan, estimating that 5 million residents live in flood-prone areas.