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.
Leveling the (Green) Playing Field
The White House now has $370 billion at its disposal as a result of the Inflation Reduction Act. How and to whom the government distributes that money will show its commitment to environmental justice. The administration will allocate 40% of federal climate budget "benefits" to underprivileged communities, but two issues arise. First, government funding applications are lengthy, which can disadvantage a municipal mayor who desperately needs the money or a community organization that can not afford a professional to fill out the documentation. Second, determining beneficiaries is difficult. Could a largely white suburb request for assistance and claim 40% of the benefits will go to a neighboring, predominantly Black city? The E.P.A. expects the $27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund would bring renewable energy and transportation development to underserved communities, but will the agency establish a "green bank"? Or could it use local green banks that fund renewable energy projects? Or community development financial organizations, which often finance homes in low-income areas of color? By mid-February, the agency should settle on a strategy.
Black communities smothered 24/7 by toxic industries keep getting strung along, with no apology in sight.
Natural gas pipeline developers are pressing Congress and US energy regulators to speed up the permitting process as a way to build more projects that deliver energy to the Easter
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), countries spent a record-breaking $1 trillion on fossil fuel subsidies in 2022.
The only way to stop the long-lasting harms of lead poisoning in children is to end exposure to the chemical — and with data-driven and community-based action, that’s possible.
The A. Donald McEachin Environmental Justice for All Act has been reintroduced by Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva and Barbara Lee, and Senators Tammy Duckworth and Cory Booker.
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.