Posts tagged with: EPA

New study shows air pollution effects are more harmful than anticipated

Air pollution from industrial startups and shutdowns is worse than experts have thought, according to a new study published by the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Before Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, many industrial facilities had to shut down operations before the storm arrived and start up again once the rain and flooding stopped. As a

Pruitt’s EPA, Trump administration reverse key air pollution rule

Last month, the EPA and the Trump administration announced a decision to withdraw an air pollution rule meant to reduce the emissions of hazardous substances, including the air pollutant benzene, from chemical and other industrial facilities. Under the former policy, which was in place for 23 years, once a facility was designated as a major

EPA’s Scott Pruitt pushing to streamline air permit approval process

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to shorten the time it takes for oil refineries, chemical plants and other industrial facilities to receive permits. While he sees the process as convoluted, Air Alliance Houston believes it’s necessary to protect public health and the environment. These permits are complicated and cannot be rushed. Pruitt shared the goal

Magellan, industry need to be held accountable for damage to communities and public health

At the beginning of the holiday season, the pipeline company Magellan Midstream Partners participated in a community Thanksgiving dinner event put on by the Mayor of Galena Park for the city’s residents. The gesture on Magellan’s part, however, was too little too late. That is because it did nothing to address the harmful impacts of