EPA finds the cleanup of the Jones Road Superfund in Northwest Harris County “not protective” of human health – Houston Public Media
The Superfund site is located in the Cypress Shopping Centre strip mall off Jones Road. A former dry cleaners failed to dispose of its chemicals properly, contaminating the groundwater and soil.houstonpublicmedia.org
Justice Jackson, on her first day in the Supreme Court, pushes back on a lawyer trying to gut the Clean Waters Act.
Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, on her first day as a Supreme Court Justice, pushed back on a lawyer trying to gut the Clean Waters Act. In Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, the extent of the EPA’s regulations will be affected, especially in regards to wetlands. If the court rules in favor of the Sackett’s, the couple that brought the case to the Supreme Court when they were ordered by the EPA to not build on their purchased wetlands in Idaho, then the EPA could be limited in the kinds of wetlands and streams that the Clean Waters Act protects from pollution.news.yahoo.com
EPA to launch investigation into permitting process for concrete batch plans in Harris County
Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and other local leaders will address the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s recent announcement that it will investigate the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ)’s concrete batch permitting criteria and processes under federal civil rights laws.
Supremely out of order: Supreme Court order on ICE guidelines violates tradition
In the span of a month, the Supreme Court overturned a half-century-old abortion right, knocked down a century-old New York concealed firearm carry law, made it much harder to hold law enforcement accountable for constitutional violations, frustrated the EPA’s ability to regulate emissions and eroded the wall between church and state, a series of activist rulings in the name of constitutional ...news.yahoo.com
‘Forever chemicals’ may have polluted 20m acres of US cropland, study says
PFAS-tainted sewage sludge is used as fertilizer in fields and report finds that about 20m acres of cropland could be contaminated A farmer harvesting soybeans on a farm near Waukegan, Illinois. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA About 20m acres of cropland in the United States may be contaminated from PFAS-tainted sewage sludge that has been used as fertilizer, a new report estimates. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a class of about 9,000 compounds used to make products heat-, waternews.yahoo.com
Ted Cruz laments angry supreme court hearings a day after angry airport fracas
Texas senator filmed becoming confrontational with airport staff after missing check-in window for flight from Bozeman, Montana The film showed the masked Cruz remonstrating with the two staff members and an armed officer. It was not possible to hear what was said. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA In Washington on Monday, the Texas senator Ted Cruz complained that supreme court confirmation hearings have become increasingly angry and confrontational. In Bozeman, Montana the previous day, however, tnews.yahoo.com
The cold, hard truth about EVs in winter
Data: Recurrent; Chart: Baidi Wang/AxiosMore Americans are opting to purchase an electric vehicle, but some EV owners are surprised to find out how much their car's driving range is compromised by winter weather. Why it matters: Getting over the hurdles of buying an EV — the higher sticker price, knowing where to charge it or the fear of getting stranded — is hard enough.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeIf your car doesn't live unews.yahoo.com
Supreme Court conservatives seem skeptical of EPA’s authority for broad emissions regulation
Some of the Supreme Court’s conservative justices seemed skeptical Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency can proceed with sweeping regulation of climate-warming emissions from the nation’s power plants without clearer authority from Congress.washingtonpost.com
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announces positive Covid test
Progressive congresswoman ‘experiencing symptoms’Office says political star had booster vaccine shot last year Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks in Washington. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA The Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement on Sunday evening, the office of the New York progressive said she was “experiencing symptoms and recovering at home. “The congresswoman received her booster shot this fall and encourages everyone to get their bnews.yahoo.com
Monsanto Successor Companies Agree to Clean Up Remaining Surface Contamination at Sauget Superfund Sites under Federal Settlement
Solutia Inc. and Pharmacia LLC, successors to Monsanto Company, will complete the cleanup of four former landfills and waste lagoons in Sauget, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The settlement will require the companies to reimburse EPA $700,000 in past costs spent at the sites and take responsibility for implementing EPA’s cleanup plan estimated to cost $17.9 million. The hazardous waste includes toxic substances and known carcinogens, including PCBs, dioxin, lead, cadmium, benzene and chlorobenzene. The cleanup requires placing engineered caps over identified waste areas, conducting vapor intrusion mitigation and controlling access to the sites. The consent decree, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval.justice.gov
Pipeline Company Sentenced for Largest-Ever Inland Oil Spill
By law, the federal fines in this case will go to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund used to respond and clean up future oil spills. “Summit gave misleading and incomplete statements to the government about the duration and size of the spill. “Investigations revealed that the spill occurred over 143 days and released more than 29 million gallons of contaminated waters into the environment, including tributaries of the Missouri River. EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, EPA Region 8, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality, the North Dakota Industrial Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Interior and the North Dakota Department of Game and Fish provided assistance to the criminal investigation.justice.gov
Decades before Steve Bannon was charged with contempt of Congress, Rita Lavelle was tried
It’s rare for the Justice Department to bring contempt charges against government officials refusing to comply with subpoenas, but it happened in the case of Rita Lavelle, a former federal environmental official under President Ronald Reagan.washingtonpost.com
LyondellBasell Companies Agree to Reduce Harmful Air Pollution at Six U.S. Chemical Plants
The settlement, announced today by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will eliminate thousands of tons of air pollution from flares. According to the complaint, the companies failed to properly operate and monitor their industrial flares, which resulted in excess emissions of harmful air pollution at five facilities in Texas and one in Iowa. Once fully implemented, the pollution controls are estimated to reduce emissions of climate-change-causing greenhouse gases, including CO 2 , methane, and ethane, by almost 92,000 tons per year. At certain facilities, Lyondell will operate flare gas recovery systems that recover and “recycle” the gases instead of sending them to be combusted in a flare. Lyondell will also perform air quality monitoring that is designed to detect the presence of benzene at the fence lines of the six covered plants.justice.gov
Senator Mitch McConnell offers Democrats a short-term debt limit extension
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made an offer to Democrats Wednesday that would temporarily extend the government's borrowing ability, avoiding a default on its debts. CBS News senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang, CBS News' congressional correspondent Nikole Killion and Insider's politics reporter Oma Seddiq join "Red and Blue" anchor Elaine Quijano with the details.news.yahoo.com
Edmunds puts Tesla's range to the test
This undated photo by Edmunds shows five electric vehicles at a test track in the Mojave Desert, in California, undergoing testing for maximum range. A CHALLENGE FROM TESLAThe lackluster results prompted the automaker to reach out to the Edmunds test team. Once each vehicle’s range estimate indicated zero miles, we measured how far it could go before coming to a complete stop. AdEDMUNDS SAYS: Edmunds’ EV range test isn’t meant to be the definitive word on a vehicle’s range but rather a real-world complement to the laboratory-based EPA testing. We’ll continue to test to an indicated zero because we’d never advise customers to rely on the unpredictable buffer range.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigns after riot
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019 file photo Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington. Chao is resigning effective Monday, becoming the highest ranking member of President Donald Trumps administration to resign in protest after the pro-Trump insurrection at Capitol. In a statement Thursday, Chao, who is married to Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, said the violent attack on the Capitol has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside. Scott Applewhite)(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Legacy Prep preps for TAPPS Regionals
Dodging the weather in preparation for their TAPPS 4A Playoff Game against Holy Cross of San Antonio, the Legacy Prep Lions (LPCA) were using EPA – a local baseball facility to install some of their game play. The Lions are 4-2 and in the Regionals for the fourth time in five years. Led by junior QB Tyler Prazak, the Lions are explosive on offense with a unique spread offense under the tutelage of OC Ragan McDaniel. Prazak has thrown for over 1,700 yards and 13 scores in just six games. VYPE caught up with the Lions as they get ready for this weekend's game.
This Harris County Superfund site is ‘vulnerable’ to flooding
NBC News, the Texas Observer, and insideclimatenews.org have partnered for an extensive investigation into the role climate change is playing with Superfund sites across the U.S. He is convinced the EPA needs to revisit Superfund sites in areas prone to flooding, hurricanes and sea-level rise because these symptoms of climate change were never figured into Superfund site remediation plans. MAP: Superfund sites in Houston area (courtesy: NBC News)“All of that overflows and it comes all over the properties,” said John Barrett. AdPlan for major flooding eventsThe site has had a history of flooding; however, the site plans and selected remedy take those challenges into account. I’m not familiar with this particular superfund site, but I have requested a briefing on it by the EPA.”
Federal, state lawmakers join residents’ efforts to stop expansion of acres homes concrete plant
HOUSTON – Neighbors and city of Houston officials claim Soto Ready Mix is the source of serious environmental and health issues in Acres Homes. Residents said they are being backed by major political players as they work to stop the planned expansion of the concrete company. Soto Ready Mix sits on the corner of T.C. “The disrespect and the arrogance of facilities of this kind being situated in the neighborhood are unacceptable in the city of Houston,” Turner said. The owner of Soto Ready Mix did not respond to KPRC’s request for comment.