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EPA proposes pollution rule reversal for heavy-duty trucks

Last week, the EPA moved to repeal Obama-era limits on air pollution from heavy-duty trucks with older engines. The initial rules sought to reduce several air pollutants, including tiny particles and greenhouse-gas emissions linked to climate change. These “glider trucks” contribute heavily to air pollution in the Houston area and across the country, filling the

Air Alliance Houston’s Juan Flores speaks to NPR about post-Harvey air pollution in Galena Park

Air Alliance Houston’s Juan Flores recently appeared on All Things Considered, NPR’s evening news program, to talk about how post-Hurricane Harvey pollution affected residents in the Galena Park community where he and his family live. “If I smell something out here, it’s bad,” he told NPR, “and I can tell you during Harvey, it smelled

TCEQ to hold hearing regarding new batch plant permit

Air Alliance Houston is encouraging Houstonians to share their concerns and comments about a proposed concrete batch plant in south Houston at a Nov. 13 public hearing. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hold a hearing on Locke Investments LLC’s application for an air quality permit that would allow construction of a concrete batch

Pruitt Takes Lax Approach on Areas Not Meeting Ozone Regulations

The Trump administration is making Houstonians wait for cleaner air by delaying implementation of Obama-era limits on ozone, the lung-searing gas also known as smog. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Monday declared roughly 2,650 counties nationwide as effectively in compliance with the 70 parts per billion standard for the ubiquitous pollutant, but did not make a final decision