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Houston Chronicle

December 1
Feds, TxDOT agree to restart on pieces of I-45 project, but deal is a long way from resolving issues

November 15
Harris County pausing I-45 lawsuit in hopes of negotiating with TxDOT

November 9
Houston Republicans urge Buttigieg to lift pause on I-45 expansion project

November 2
Galena Park residents want to bring a farmers market to their food desert. But no vendors will come.

October 7
Report makes case for more transit despite fewer people riding Metro in Houston

September 16
Turner says TxDOT leader ‘misrepresented’ his position on the divisive I-45 project

July 28
What is acetic acid, the chemical involved in the deadly LyondellBasell plant leak?

July 23
Houston’s $9B I-45 rebuild could come down to online poll, after 15 years and $503 million

July 20
What was that smell in Galena Park? For 2 days, residents wondered with no answer.

July 15
As investigations pile up at the Chemical Safety Board, advocates press for changes

July 1
Excessive formaldehyde levels put Ship Channel communities at higher risk of cancer, air study finds 

June 30
Massive I-45 Houston project heads back to public comment phase during pause

June 28
This is fine: Purple smoke plume in Houston area actually looked worse that it really was

June 5
Residents track air quality in Sunnyside

April 17
Grieder: Pause on I-45 expansion plans gives Houstonians a chance to really think about the future

April 9
Initial reports: 41 contaminants were released in the K-Solv fire

February 24
Add air pollution to the list of woes from the deadly Texas freeze

January 19
‘We’ve got to defend ourselves’: Pasadena residents join other communities monitoring their own air quality

Houston Public Media

November 30
TxDOT gets the OK to continue limited work on a controversial I-45 expansion

October 7
Houston’s environmental flubs, vegan and vegetarian restaurants, and Latino rap

October 6
Essential workers in Houston relied on public transit during the pandemic, a new report says

August 13
‘We’ve Had Enough’: Environmental Groups Raise Concerns About Chemical Plant’s Proposed Expansion In Houston’s East End

July 16
Officials Confirm LyondellBasell Refinery Is The Source Of The Toxic Smell That Has Been Plaguing Galena Park For Days

July 1
Report: Cancer-Causing Formaldehyde Found Near Houston Ship Channel Communities

February 24
Houston-Area Refineries, Plants Emitted Thousands Of Pounds Of Additional Air Pollution During The Winter Freeze

February 8
‘This Is How We Defend Ourselves’ — Harris County Residents Install DIY Pollution Monitoring Network
Texas Standard

Bloomberg

April 29
Hidden Super Polluters Revealed in Wake of Texas Energy Crisis
Green

April 6
Highway Foes Emboldened as Buttigieg Puts Houston Project on Pause
CityLab

March 25
Biden Transportation Officials Signal How They Might Enforce Racial Justice Concerns
CityLab

March 18
Interstate Rule Is One Fix in Thicket of Upwind Pollution Woes
Law

March 8
Liability Elusive for Air Pollution Released During Texas Storms
Law

February 19
Biden’s Hefty Clean Air To-Do List Follows Early Big Promises
Law

Community Impact Newspaper

October 28
Report finds need for sustainable, reliable public transit throughout COVID-19 pandemic

October 1
Carverdale residents combat proposed landfill expansion

May 24
Proposed concrete batch plant creates stir in Magnolia area

FOX26 Houston

October 6
Marathon Petroleum says crude oil release contained on-site at Galveston Bay refinery

July 21
Galena Park resident angered over lack of alerts regarding harmful odor, company later admits fault

July 1
Report says plumes of carcinogenic formaldehyde found in neighborhoods along Houston’s ship channel

KPRC2 / Click2Houston

August 15
Mystery odor from gas leak identified by Lubrizol as mercaptan: What officials are saying about the pungent-smelling gas

April 5
Residents fight for environmental justice in Houston neighborhoods dealing with hazardous sites and air pollution

March 12
‘Stop putting cars over people’: Harris County sues TxDOT over I-45 expansion project

Grist

November 30
What happens when communities and academics teach each other? ‘Communiversity.’

February 24
When the grid went dark, Texans faced 3.5M pounds of excess air pollution

The Guardian

March 23
Plan to expand Texas highway stalled over environmental racism concerns

February 26
Texas facilities released 3.5m pounds of extra pollutants during winter storm

Inside Climate News

April 30
Expansion of I-45 in Downtown Houston Is on Hold, for Now, in a Traffic-Choked, Divided Region

March 15
During February’s Freeze in Texas, Refineries and Petrochemical Plants Released Almost 4 Million Pounds of Extra Pollutants

KHOU-11

October 6
Crude oil leak at Marathon Petroleum facility in Texas City

April 8
Investigators begin looking for cause of Channelview industrial fire

San Antonio Express-News

September 22
TCEQ OKs crystalline silica exemption for concrete batch plants

September 17
‘Out of breath’: Oversight of hazardous Texas concrete plant emissions comes to a head

Streetsblog USA

October 19
Vision Zero Cities Op-Ed: How To Stop a Highway

March 12
Racist Texas Highway Boondoggle Dealt Blow by Buttigieg’s FHWA

Texas Observer

March 29
In Houston, a Plan to Expand Interstate 45 Encounters Federal Pushback

March 9
Industrial Facilities Released Millions of Pounds of Illegal Pollution During the Winter Storm

1-Time Mentions

December 1
TxDOT gets OK to continue limited work on I-45 expansion
Defender Network.com

November 19
How to Stop a Highway
Natural Resources Defense Council

October 7
24 Hours Later, Officials Are Still Cleaning Up Crude Oil Spill at Texas Refinery
Green Matters

July 21
FHWA invokes Civil Rights Act to suspend Houston interstate expansion
The Civil Engineering Source

July 20
Measuring Houston’s environmental injustice from space
Environmental Health News

July 19
“Tengo náuseas y dolor”: persisten las quejas por el mal olor proveniente de una refinería en Galena Park
Univision Houston

July 14
The Roads to Justice: Building New Bridges
Engineering News-Record

June 20
A local look at air pollution highlights inequalities within cities
Chemical & Engineering News

June 17
Watchdogs: Bill impacts Baytown air quality
The Baytown Sun

June 10
Is COVID-19 the only remedy for Istanbul’s air quality?
Daily Sabah

June 3
In its 10th year, Community Bridges projects confront ever-apparent inequalities in Houston
UrbanEdge

May 27
How Many People Die When Polluters Exceed Their Limits?
WIRED

April 28
13 Oil Refineries in U.S. Released Cancer-Causing Benzene Above EPA Action Levels in 2020
Environmental Integrity Project

April 5
A major Texas highway expansion project has been paused to examine possible violation of 1964 Civil Rights Act
Business Insider

March 24
Texas lawsuit fights environmental racism in highway expansion project
INHABITAT

March 14
Feds, County Seek Delay in Houston $7B Road Widening Over Community Impact
Engineering News Record: Texas & Louisiana

March 12
Harris County Sues TxDOT To Halt I-45 Expansion Project
Houston Press

March 12
Harris County Sues TxDOT to Stop I-45 Expansion
The Texan

March 9
Racism is a Public Health Crisis: The Fight for Environmental Justice in Harris County
One For All Harris County Pct 1 Podcast

March 1
As Texans lost power in winter storm, oil and gas pollution increased across state
ForthWorth Star-Telegram

February 28
Aumenta la contaminación
El Mañana

February 24
Texas plants released nearly as much pollution during winter storm as during Hurricane Laura
ABC Channel 13

February 24
Texas plants released nearly as much pollution during winter storm as during Hurricane Laura
Texas Tribune

February 3
TOO CLOSE TO HOME: Heights residents worried about incoming gas station
The Leader

January 31
The Fire Triangle: Shelter in Place
Texas Public Radio

Houston Chronicle

December 11
At Jackson Lee’s request, TxDOT tacks on a few more days for comment on $7 billion I-45 project

December 6
Opponents readying for long fight, though key I-45 deadline to TxDOT days away

October 29
Environmental groups sue EPA over ‘failure’ on industrial flare rules

October 19
Business-friendly Houston not always ‘free’ market for Black communities, history shows

October 9
Critics: 30-day window to comment on I-45 project far too short for generation-lasting rebuild

August 5
Car-centric Houston takes first steps toward becoming more ‘walkable’ with new development rules

July 24
Critics complain those most impacted by I-45 rebuild left out of group to improve $7B project

June 19
Bolstered by racial justice debate, critics of I-45 project call for protection of vulnerable communities

June 4
TxDOT’s $7 billion plan to shorten your I-45 commute may displace hundreds of families

February 2
Lack of restrictions make Houston residents, hazardous industries uneasy neighbors

January 28
Three meetings this week could set course for $7 billion remake of Interstate 45

January 22
Company withdraws application to build concrete batch plant in Houston neighborhood

January 7
Officials, residents push back against plans for concrete plant near NW Houston neighborhood

Houston Public Media

November 11
Houston Matters with Graig Cohen, Nov. 11
Houston Matters

October 30
Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Failure To Reduce Air Pollution From Industrial Flaring

July 13
Some Texas Petrochemical Facilities Get A Pass On Chemical Leak Monitoring During The Pandemic

April 10
Air Quality Has Improved Since Houstonians Have Been Forced Indoors. But Some Fear EPA Rollbacks.

February 21
Houston Lawmakers Support Slate of Affordable Housing Projects Amid Environmental Concerns

February 11
Houston Affordable Housing Projects Compete For $150 Million In State Funding

1-Time Mentions

November 24
As Texas grows, communities face an unwelcome neighbor: concrete companies. Homeowners have few options.
Texas Tribune

November 18
What Portland’s Smoky Summer Can Do for Air Quality Equity Across the Country
YES!Magazine

November 12
Life expectancy dramatically lower in Houston’s Black, brown communities, study says
ABC Channel 13

August 26
Hurricane Laura Could Lead To An Environmental Disaster On The Gulf Coast
BuzzFeed News

August 19
It’s hard to breathe with a concrete plant in your backyard
Urban Edge

July 16
COVID-19 Impact Linked to Environmental Racism
Women’s Media Center

April 2
How vulnerable is your community to coronavirus? These new maps reveal a familiar pattern.
Grist

February 25
Making Houston History Today: 6 Black Changemakers you Should Know
Understanding Houston

February 11
Report: TX Has More Than Half of U.S.’ Worst Benzene Polluting Refineries
Public News Service

February 6
Refineries Are Spewing Cancer-Causing Benzene as Trump Slashes Enforcement
Truthout

February 6
Benzene Emissions on the Perimeters of Ten Refineries Exceed EPA Limits
Inside Climate News

January 30
Air quality should be growing concern for city
The Leader News

January 30
8 Experts Weigh in on How to Fix Houston
Houstonia Magazine

January 28
Toxic Tour brings students to polluted sites
The Rice Thresher

January 22
Texas explosion renews concern over chemical safety rollback
E&E News

Houston Chronicle

October 23
Air pollution varied after Imelda, final state reports show

October 21
TCEQ invests more than $1.5 million to improve air-pollution monitoring

October 3
Chemical fires, explosions too common in Houston [Opinion]
By AAH’s Bakeyah Nelson

September 24
Imelda cited in release of almost 100,000 pounds of air pollutants

September 10
Harris County boosts pollution efforts, staff in response to spring chemical fires

September 2
Texas regulators may raise the acceptable level of a toxic chemical. Activists and East Harris County residents are worried.

August 8
One Houston neighborhood is putting Texas’ air quality rules to the test. It’s losing.

July 26
Houston-area officials commit $100 million to I-45 widening project

July 25
Houston unveils first draft of city climate action plan

July 7
Houston leaders asked to commit $100M to massive I-45 rebuild

June 14
Massive I-45 project will remake Houston freeway spine, but at what cost?

April 29
Houston’s bad air days are a bigger problem than you think [Editorial]

Houston Public Media

June 21
Debate Intensifies Over The I-45 North Widening Project

April 16
Community Advocates Ask For Congressional Hearings On Houston Area Fires

April 11
Houston-Area Chemical Fires Draw Attention To Lax Safety Laws
National Public Radio

April 2
Toxic accidents database could improve emergency planning
Marketplace — Listen to Bakeyah Nelson on the Marketplace Morning Report

March 22
Advocacy Group Monitors Air Quality At Local Schools Because Of Deer Park Fire

KHOU11

August 2
Local officials want prevention, accountability after ExxonMobil Baytown fire

April 9
How Trump’s oil, gas deregulation could help or hurt the Houston-area

April 3
Investigation continues into deadly KMCO plant explosion in Crosby

Click2Houston

September 26
State records show thousands of pounds of pollutants released during Imelda

June 18
Q&A: Plans for rerouting I-45 from west to east side of downtown

ABC Channel 13/KTRK-TV

June 14
Could North Freeway changes bring more pollution to Houston?

March 19
ITC Deer Park facility fire could take 2 days to burn out, officials say

1-Time Mentions

September 6
Report: Plastics boom in Houston poses major air pollution risk
Plastics News

August 21
More Highways, More Problems
Texas Observer

August 9
Chemical safety board withdraws appeal over accident reporting
Business Insurance

August 5
Houston’s $7 billion solution to gridlock is more highways
Curbed

July 26
H-GAC approves more than $150 million for I-45 project to ‘stay in line’ for TxDOT funds
Urban Edge

July 25
Houston’s Highway Mega-Plan: An Environmental Justice Disaster
Streetsblog USA

July 24
Community Organizers Decry TxDOT’s I-45 Expansion Plan, Call for Delay in Local Approval
Houstonia Magazine

July 10
Ep. 33 Dr. Bakeyah Nelson – Environmental Resilience in Houston
H-town Progressive

June 25
Houston-area environmental experts share insight on petrochemical fire, barge collision
Community Impact Newspaper

March 21
This Week’s Giant Toxic Gas Cloud Over Houston Was a Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem
Gizmodo

Houston Chronicle

September 13
Houston has fallen behind on fighting air pollution [Opinion]
By AAH’s Bakeyah Nelson

September 27
New Texas petrochemical projects add millions of tons of greenhouse gas pollution, report finds

August 17
Court throws out Trump administration delay of chemical disaster rules

July 2
Air pollution poses health risk to Houstonians, study finds

April 25
How much longer can Houston shrug off air pollution?

April 20
Texas City refinery fire under investigation

April 10
Will the I-45 expansion make our air worse? [Opinion]
By AAH’s Bakeyah Nelson

March 11
Nelson, Powis: Toxic chemicals and floodwaters create a deadly mix post-Harvey
Written in part by AAH’s Bakeyah Nelson

March 9
Shouldn’t industry pay more to protect us from environmental disasters?
By AAH’s Bakeyah Nelson

Houston Public Media

August 17
Appeals Court Strikes Down Trump Admin’s Delay of Chemical Safety Rule

June 22
Along Ship Channel, Houston’s Manchester Neighborhood Grapples With Poor Air Quality

1-Time Mentions

August 24
Concerns about air quality loom one year after Harvey
CBS Dallas/Fort Worth (YouTube) — AAH’s Juan Flores shares his perspective as a resident

August 20
Much of Harvey-Caused Air Pollution Could’ve Been Avoided, Report Says
Dallas Observer

August 16
What you need to know about pollution released during Harvey
KPRC (YouTube) — AAH’s Juan Flores shares his perspective as a resident

August 16
3 Things Texas Could Do Better Before The Next Hurricane Hits
KERA News

July 20
22 Nonprofits Worthy of Your Time, Money, or Both
Houstonia Magazine

May 9
Despite progress toward cleaner air, ozone still a concern for Greater Houston area
Community Impact

May 2
EPA partly sides with enviros in challenge to TX refinery
E&E News

April 23
Air Pollution An Ongoing Concern for Many Houston-Area Residents
Urban Edge

March 16
Court questions greens’ challenge to EPA chemical rule delay
The Hill

March 16
As Trump Fights to Kill Chemical Safety Rule, Workers Injured as Massive Explosion Rocks Texas Chemical Plant
Common Dreams

International Business Times

September 6
Oil Companies Leaking Benzene Lobbied Against Pollution Rules

September 1
Court Rejects Environmental Groups’ Attempt To Block EPA’s Delay Of Chemicals Rule

Texas Tribune

September 14
EPA won’t release benzene levels collected post-Harvey; private tests show elevated levels

September 1
Crosby plant explosion highlights state efforts to block access to chemical information

1-Time Mentions

October 6
The air pollution from Hurricane Harvey is really, really bad, people
Science Line

September 18
More Than 40 Sites Released Hazardous Pollutants Because of Hurricane Harvey
New York Times

September 6
More problems in Texas — Chemical plants start leaking after Harvey
ZME Science

September 5
Texas fears grow over health crises from Harvey floods
Al Jazeera English (Youtube)

September 2
‘Your eyes start itching’: pollution soars in Houston after chemical industry leaks
The Guardian

September 1
Arkema Plant Explosion Sparks Criticism of Trump EPA Relaxing Chemical Safety Rules
EcoWatch.com

August 31
Houston left with a toxic mess as Trump relaxes rules
Politico.com

August 30
Harvey’s Hidden Side Effect
The New Republic

August 29
Houston Flooding Always Hits Poor, Non-White Neighborhoods Hardest
The Huffington Post

August 28
Houston residents breathe in toxic fumes as petrochemical facilities cope with Harvey
ThinkProgress.org

August 15
As Houston plots a sustainable path forward, it’s leaving this neighborhood behind
Grist

July 20
Environmental group sues EPA over pollution rules, cites Houston refineries
Houston Chronicle

June 8
Delaying The Ozone Standards Hasn’t Stopped Houston’s Progress
Houston Public Media

April 25
Bill Aims to Protect Communities of Color from Polluting Concrete Facilities
Texas Observer

April 24
Neighborhood residents concerned following train car explosion
KHOU Channel 11

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