Posts tagged with: air pollution

New study shows air pollution may pose serious health risks to children

A new study, published by the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, shows that even short-term exposure of air pollution increases the risk of lower respiratory infections, which can lead to serious health effects in young children. Acute respiratory infection of the lungs and airways, usually caused by viruses, is one of the

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

Pruitt’s EPA rejects challenge to Baytown refinery operating permit

Scott Pruitt’s EPA has rejected a challenge to the state operating permit for one part of Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Baytown refinery and petrochemical complex near Houston, according to a response formally published in the Federal Register on March 23, according to E&E News. In 2016, the Environmental Integrity Project, along with Air Alliance Houston and

Pruitt’s EPA rolls back another key air pollution rule

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has reversed yet another important clean air safeguard, according to a recent agency memo. The rule requires industry facilities to install updated equipment to control pollution with they experience a substantial increase in emissions. Now, thanks to Pruitt’s reversal, these facilities are able to bypass the rule via “netting,” which adds