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Governor Abbott lifts suspensions on environmental regulations

Last week, Governor Greg Abbott’s office lifted suspended environmental regulations put in place during Hurricane Harvey. The suspension had been in effect for almost seven months, and the removal came shortly after One Breath Partnership (which is comprised of several environmental organizations, including Air Alliance Houston) sent a letter to Abbott’s office asking him to end

Pasadena Anti-Idling Campaign

Proposed Anti-Idling Ordinance for the City of Pasadena The City of Pasadena experiences heavy truck traffic due to its proximity to the Houston Ship Channel. Heavy-duty truck idling produces fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and other toxic air pollutants, which are precursors to ozone formation that is harmful to public

Trump EPA plans to roll back fuel efficiency standards

This week, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced the agency’s plans to relax emissions standards for cars and trucks, stating that Obama-era regulations set standards “too high.” This effort will likely weaken greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for automobiles. The EPA stated that it has completed a review on vehicles for model years 2022-2025 but did not

Air Alliance Houston Happenings

The following are just a few of the projects keeping AAH’s staff busy during the month of April: The Coalition for Environment, Equity and Resilience (CEER) held its most recent meeting on March 29, and was also referenced in a Houston Chronicle editorial highlighting that it’s growing increasingly evident that the state government needs to