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.
Oil refineries are polluting US waterways. Too often, it’s legal
Every day, the process of processing crude oil into petroleum creates millions of gallons of wastewater containing hazardous chemicals and heavy metals, which leaks from the facilities and into rivers and streams, affecting nearby communities. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is legally required to monitor these toxins and levy penalties, a new study released by the Environmental Integrity Project finds that this is not happening. Monitoring data, permit applications, and hazardous release reports from the nation's 81 oil refineries that discharge waste directly into waterways or via off-site treatment facilities are analyzed in the research. The plants released 60,000 pounds of selenium, which has been related to fish mutations, and 15.7 million pounds of nitrogen, which feeds hazardous algal blooms, in 2021 alone. 10,000 pounds of nickel, which is toxic to fish at very low concentrations, as well as 1.6 billion pounds of chlorides, sulfates, and other dissolved solids that may destroy pipes and contaminate drinking water, were also dumped into streams. According to the research, the majority of this pollution occurs in areas where people have less economic means and political power to fight back. More than 40% of the refineries in the research are in areas where the majority of population are persons of color or are low-income.
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.