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Axios

February 8
Houston to face EPA crackdown on fine particle pollution

January 31
The lowdown on Houston’s highway expansions

Chron.com

March 27
Embattled Hardy Toll Road downtown extension receives the green light

March 16
Texas plastic companies made $1.6 billion from tax breaks despite violations

March 4
Concerns about air pollution raised over I-45 highway widening project

Community Impact

April 26
Environmental advocates, EPA officials discuss Fort Bend County issues

April 23
New EPA air quality standards could impact Katy area

April 10
EPA’s new limits on petrochemical plant pollution to impact Texas’s Gulf Coast facilities

April 4
Harris County attorney’s office files countersuit against attorney general on federal climate policy

March 6
Harris County falls short of new air quality standards; Gulfton officials zero in on local solutions

February 9
‘We do not want to pay for our own deaths’: Harris County residents decry troubling air quality

February 9
EPA’s new federal air quality standard puts 10 Texas counties in the red

CW39

April 11
Statement from Air Alliance Houston on new EPA standards for cancer-causing air pollution

February 5
Feb. 5: Public meeting to discuss Air Quality in Baytown today, as Exxon Mobil’s Olefins Plant comes under review

February 5
How to find out about bad air quality and how to protect yourself where you live

The Defender

January 25
Potential lawsuit seeks to halt concrete crushing plant construction near LBJ hospital

January 24
Leticia Gutierrez: Frontline environmental justice warrior

Houston Chronicle

April 22
Port communities focus local Earth Day on international theme: plastic pollution

April 15
EPA rule curbing air toxics is lifesaving for Houston area | Editorial

April 6
Why is I-45 being rebuilt in Houston? Everything to know about the $10 billion project

March 25
Hardy Toll Road extension expected to move forward with commitment for green spaces, trails

February 29
Assessment finds ‘gaps’ in air monitoring tests for I-45 widening

January 24
TCEQ adopts new environmental rules for concrete batch plants following public outcry

January 8
I45 project is set to break ground — but it’s not set in concrete (Editorial)

Houston Landing

March 18
As Hardy Toll Road expansion project nears, the community has mixed ideas about it

January 1
Mapping ‘the Arrow’: Can visualizing Houston’s inequity lead to a brighter future?

January 29
Texas companies reported releasing 1 million pounds of excess pollution during recent cold snap

Houston Public Media

March 29
Harris County Commissioners Court approves new Hardy Downtown Connector Project

March 8
Air Alliance Houston to hold block walk against Hardy Downtown Connector Project on Saturday

January 29
Houston-area transportation council rejects proposal to give city more proportional representation

North Channel Star

February 22
Air Alliance warns of high Pollution Levels

January 18
Public Health Watch Report Identifies Rising Benzene Issue in Channelview

1-Time Mentions

April 29
EPA addresses environmental concerns, including WA Parish plant, at Missouri City town hall
The Fort Bend Star

April 26
Houston has 2nd-worst air quality in country, report says
KHOU11

April 16
How the petrochemical industry is gaslighting Southeast Texas
ExxonKnews

April 9
Over 2,000 residents in East Houston face health hazard due to petrochemical plant
KPRC2/Click2Houston

April 4
Why did it take so long to fully ban asbestos?
Houston Matters

April 4
‘TXDOT’S STILL BULLDOZING OVER OUR COMMUNITIES’
Texas Observer

March 23
How Biden’s infrastructure plan created a ‘climate time bomb’ in Black neighborhoods
Grist

March 15
Latinos impactados por industria petrolera buscan respuesta a males respiratorios
Radio Bilingue

March 14
Neglected and exposed: Toxic air lingers in a Texas Latino community, revealing failures in state’s air monitoring system
Texas Tribune

March 14
Gulf Coast Petrochemical Buildout Draws Billions in Tax Breaks Despite Pollution Violations
Inside Climate News

March 4
EPA issues sweeping chemical safety regulation
E&E News

ABC13/KTRK-TV

July 20
Proposed EPA rule could limit pollutants from Fort Bend County coal-fired plant

July 10
EPA grant could help pinpoint source of air pollutants in high-risk neighborhoods in Houston

May 9
Experts concerned about impact of Deer Park Shell fire on people of color

E&E News 

September 25
‘False promise’: DOE’s carbon removal plans rankle community advocates

May 15
A transportation ‘revolution’? How the infrastructure law is fueling freeways.

Environmental Health News 

October 4
Texas is underestimating cancer risk from air pollution, health advocates say

August 15
Texas sues Shell over Houston-area chemical fire in May

July 6
EPA seeks to slash chemical plants’ cancer-causing emissions

Houston Chronicle

November 14
Enough with the chemical fires. Texas can do better. (Opinion)

October 30
Harris County leads nation in particulate pollution from lawn equipment: report

October 29
Galena Park ghost stories and smokestacks on display for Halloween air quality tour

October 13
Texas to formalize ‘acceptable’ cancer risk from industrial air pollution

October 13
Houston is having its worst ozone season in years, data shows

October 9
In Montrose sidewalk project, don’t lose the forest for the trees (Opinion)

September 28
Proposed concrete plant across from LBJ Hospital could endanger patients’ health, officials say

September 12
Houston in crosshairs under proposed EPA particulate standard

August 22
EPA will again review its national ozone pollution standards, delaying stronger rules

July 10
EPA to grant Houston $500K for air monitoring in environmental justice communities

June 28
As Houston Ship Channel expansion looms, residents demand toxicity tests of dredging dumps

June 23
How will the push for carbon capture and storage affect Houston residents? Many want to know.

June 22
Houston’s early season of ozone pollution poses health risk to residents, forcing some to say inside

May 26
What to know about ‘ozone season’ in Houston — and why it may prove harmful for some

May 18
TCEQ proposes new rules to concrete batch plant permits as EPA investigation, court challenges loom

May 9
How harmful was that thick, black smoke from the Shell Deer Park fire? Experts weigh in.

May 8
70-hour fire at Shell Deer Park Chemicals facility extinguished Sunday night, officials say

May 7
Deer Park chemical plant fire still burning, runoff water being pumped into Houston Ship Channel

May 6
Deer Park plant fire has reignited, Shell says

May 5
Free TxDOT to build great bike, bus and train routes (Opinion)

April 26
Up for permit renewal, Northline concrete plant draws air advocates’ attention

April 24
Some Houston-area communities have pollutant levels above EPA standards, data shows

March 31
High levels of CO2, mold found in HISD elementary school where teachers, students reported illnesses

March 24
Three Houston-area facilities top ‘most excessive’ polluters in Texas list

March 23
Lawmakers take first step to reform embattled Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

March 10
Houston among U.S. cities with worst air pollution, study finds, with minority areas hit the hardest

March 7
Houston’s I-45 rebuild is back on. Here’s what happens next for the $9.7B project.

February 13
Katy businesses say officials never informed them of chemical leak, leading to chaotic response

January 12
TxDOT has deal to rebuild I-45, but many details must be worked out before lifting a shovel

Houston Landing

December 29
TxDOT is ready to expand I-45. Organizers still want to stop it. What comes next?

December 18
Is your home in a cancer cluster? Here’s how to identify environmental risks in Houston

October 2
What is an ‘acceptable cancer risk?’ Polluted communities like Channelview demand protection

September 23
Mayoral hopefuls call for increased community input to solve Houston transportation woes

September 11
New survey shows Houstonians worry about climate change, but mayor campaigns focus elsewhere

Houston Matters

May 15
Fires that release chemicals are not among the factors under consideration for renewing chemical plant permits

April 24
What’s in Houston air?

April 20
Why is the energy transition not happening faster?

Houston Public Media

November 30
TxDOT says its strategies to reduce road congestion are working. Some experts disagree.

November 3
New air monitoring system can detect cancer-causing pollutants locally.

October 11
EPA rejects Texas’ plan to lower ozone levels in Houston, Dallas areas

August 4
Town hall meeting called to discuss pollution at Parish power plant in Fort Bend County

July 12
Wildfire pollutants may have caused dozens of premature deaths in Houston area, researchers report

May 30
‘We had no way of verifying it’: Houston residents install their own air monitors to hold polluters accountable

April 21
Community Air Monitoring Program shows high levels of air pollution in areas like Near Northside/Northline, Pasadena

March 27
In Houston, concrete batch plants often share a fenceline with homes. Dozens of bills filed this state legislative session aim to change that.

March 23
Environmental activists in Houston, across Texas call for increased pollution enforcement by TCEQ

Inside Climate News

November 1
Dumped, Not Recycled? Electronic Tracking Raises Questions About Houston’s Drive to Repurpose a Full Range of Plastic

October 13
Texas Quietly Moves to Formalize Acceptable Cancer Risk From Industrial Air Pollution. Public Health Officials Say it’s not Strict Enough.

September 8
As federal money flows to carbon capture and storage, Texas bets on an undersea bonanza

KHOU 11

June 8
Houston sees rising number of high ozone days, advocacy groups warn

April 21
Community air monitoring stations find ‘alarming’ results in some parts of Houston area

KPRC2/Click2Houston

October 3
‘We have concerns:’ Second Ward residents fight asphalt company’s permit renewal

August 2
What’s going around: Fort Bend, Houston seeing similar rise in these illnesses

March 7
As Houston Ship Channel expands, Pleasantville and Galena Park residents express concerns about potential toxic exposures

February 22
Toxic train derailment in Ohio resonates with residents living in Houston ‘cancer cluster’

North Channel Star

October 12
CHIC’s Stone fights pollution in Channelview

March 23
Channelview residents oppose Concrete Plant permit

Northeast News

July 11
Concrete Plant withdraws expansion plan

June 27
TCEQ hearing draws large crowd; turns contentious

Texas Tribune

July 26
Texas has already seen 25 chemical emergencies this year. Here’s how to protect yourself during the next one.

May 5
At a heated public hearing, residents urge state agency to reject permit for chemical facility that burned in 2019

April 17
Senator’s bill would fine Texans for multiple environmental complaints that don’t lead to enforcement

Univision 45

November 1
Un vistazo a la industria petroquímica en Pasadena y su apuesta para frenar las emisiones de carbono

October 2
Comunidad en Houston lucha para evitar licencia a compañía de asfalto; asegura estar enfermándose

July 12
Riesgos, ventajas y oportunidades: todo lo que debes saber sobre la captura y almacenamiento de carbono

January 13
Contaminación y ruido: las repercusiones de la instalación de una planta de concreto en Houston

1-Time Mentions

December 29
Tiết Lộ Sự Chênh Lệch Về Sức Khỏe và Chất Lượng Không Khí: Giải Mã Bản Đồ Mũi Tên Houston
Our Viet Voice

December 29
Everyone Has the Right to Breathe Clean Air
Latin Touch Records

December 29
HEM Takes a Bus Tour of Neighborhoods Near the Ship Channel
Christian Herald

December 10
Toxic air pollution in Houston’s underserved communities: A crisis unveiled
Bayou Beat

December 7
What’s That Smell? Houston’s Lower-Income Communities Plagued With Toxic Air
HABJ

December 6
Air Alliance Houston battles matrix of killer pollution players
The Houston Defender

December 6
Air Pollution in Houston: People of COLOR are the Primary Target
Forward Times

November 30
东区工业空气污染危及弱势社区 志工积极反应
Epoch Times

November 20
Fulcrum Bioenergy, Aiming to Produce ‘Net-Zero’ Jet Fuel From Plastic Waste, Hits Heavy Turbulence
Environment Mag

October 19
Proposed regulations offer hope for communities battling petrochemical pollution
Grist

October 16
Gulf Streams on Project 11 (Houston Port Expansion)
KPFT

August 23
Daily on Energy: Green groups sound alarm on Biden approving direct air capture hubs
Washington Examiner

August 7
Environmental advocates call for closure, conversion of NRG plant
Fort Bend Star

May 20
‘Too toxic’: Refinery fires leave East Texas residents reeling
The Washington Post

May 8
Fire at Shell’s Deer Park, Texas, plant burns for days
Chemical and Engineering News

May 8
Voice your concerns about air pollution at AAH meeting tonight
The Baytown Sun

May 7
Fire burns for third day at Shell Texas chemical plant
Reuters

May 6
Deer Park fire: Officials investigating what caused reignition as organizations worry about pollution
FOX26

April 28
La calidad del aire de Houston
The Weather Channel en Español

April 21
Houston entre las ciudades con peor calidad de aire en el país
Telemundo

March 23
Pasadena Fire Should be a Wake-up Call to our State Legislators
Houston Style Magazine

March 23
Biden Administration Urged to Move Forward on Strong Clean Air Regulations
MyChesCo

March 10
Federal Highway Administration clears I-45 North Houston Highway Improvement Project
The Leader News

March 2
Gulf South activists say Ohio train derailment reflects their fight against petrochemicals
WWNO89.9 New Orleans Public Radio

February 17
Advocates Decry ‘Environmental Apartheid’ in Port Cities
WebMD

February 13
Major US railroad merger could bring more tar sands to south-east Texas
The Guardian

ABC13/KTRK-TV

December 24
Texas electric grid operator gets federal permission to exceed air quality limits

November 14
TCEQ leaves several questions about concrete batch plant permitting in East Aldine unanswered

October 26
Houston and Matagorda ISD granted funding for electric school buses by Biden administration

July 1
Fort Bend County residents concerned about power plant in light of SCOTUS ruling

Chron

December 23
Houston-area refineries flare chemicals amid arctic freeze

December 22
Harris County Commissioners Court approves highway expansion agreement

December 16
Stop TxDOT, community groups move to save White Oak Bayou park

EHS Daily Advisor

December 23
Funding Community Air Monitoring Programs

August 30
EPA Considers Revising Flare Pollution Regulations

July 13
Petition Urges EPA to Address Alleged TCEQ Air Permitting Violations

Grist

December 15
New data show Houston-area communities are being flooded with chemicals

July 22
Experts to Congress: Restore EPA enforcement staffing and funding for environmental justice

April 7
Texas pledged access for non-English speakers to environmental documents and meetings. The rollout has been riddled with issues.

February 1
There’s a hurricane-sized hole in Texas air quality data

January 31
Exxon locked workers out of their jobs. Can workers lock Exxon out of a carbon capture deal?

The Guardian

May 14
US oil refineries spewing cancer-causing benzene into communities, report finds

April 29
‘It’s just more and more lanes’: the Texan revolt against giant new highways

February 3
Texas says it doesn’t monitor pollution spikes, calling it ‘often unnecessary’

Houston Chronicle

December 13
After Harvey and other incidents, East End residents ask Valero for real-time air-quality data

November 11
Polluters could face higher fines under state commission recommendations. Some say it’s not enough.

October 28
Houston ISD to add electric, propane buses with $6.2M in federal funds to cut emissions

October 26
Opinion: Polluters keep forgetting, this ain’t our first rodeo

October 20
Houston region again fails to meet federal ozone requirement set 14 years ago

October 12
Houston could get 8 more trains a day after rail merger, bringing traffic and pollution concerns

August 31
TxDOT approves $85 billion, 10-year plan to widen and maintain highways despite widespread opposition

July 27
Texas has $85B plan for expanding highways, but Houston I-45 project foes say no thanks

April 21
A developer is building a gas station next to a Missouri City park. Residents don’t want it.

April 8
Houston’s dangerous concrete plants are mostly in communities of color. Residents are fighting back.

March 18
Why does Houston smell smoky today? It’s coming from a fire in West Texas

January 28
Industrial disasters are more worrisome for air quality than hurricanes, TCEQ reports

January 26
Opinion: With the EPA on board, it’s time Texas took Houston’s creosote problem seriously

Houston Public Media

November 17
Advocates call for creative solutions as Houston region fails to meet decade-old federal ozone standards

November 3
Houston area to receive $1 million in air monitoring grants

August 22
Houston inching away from car-centric reputation with slate of multimodal infrastructure projects

July 29
Bike ride through Gulfton hopes to determine community air quality

April 13
A petrochemical company wants to expand in Houston’s East End. The city says air pollution levels are already too high.

April 5
A proposed concrete batch plant in East Aldine has community members concerned about dangerous pollution

March 21
Wildfire update, and Correa and Watson find new homes
Houston Matters with Craig Cohen

February 22
Texas defends its less protective standard for highly toxic air pollutant during EPA meeting

Inside Climate News

September 25
Exxon’s Long-Shot Embrace of Carbon Capture in the Houston Area Just Got Massive Support from Congress

September 21
Nueva página web muestra donde se propone contaminar en Houston

September 15
A New Website Aims to Penetrate the Fog of Pollution Permitting in Houston

KHOU 11

December 13
East Houston community members want precautions in place before Valero’s permit is renewed

February 8
‘Tremendous opportunities for bad explosions’: Switch failure led to Texas City power outage, plant flaring, say officials

June 30
Texas climate activists react to SCOTUS limiting EPA in curbing power plant emissions

KPRC2/Click2Houston

July 30
Air Alliance Houston teams up with several organizations for bike ride to sample the air quality in Gulfton community

June 30
Fifth Ward residents concerned about impact from SCOTUS’ ruling on emissions: ‘This is what we get?’

March 9
Chevron Phillips agrees to cut flaring at 3 locations

February 28
Aldine residents, lawmakers concerned about proposed concrete batch plant

Public Health Watch

December 15
Houston-Area Residents Take Pollution Monitoring Into Their Own Hands. The Results Are Worse Than Feared.

June 7
Public Health Watch Reporter: The Night I Got Caught in a Texas Chemical Release – Public Health Watch

June 2
A Texas County Wants to Punish Polluters. The State Won’t Let It.

Texas Observer

October 5
Christian Menefee Aims to Bring Polluters to Justice

July 26
Concrete Ideas

Texas Tribune

December 24
After underestimating power demand, Texas electric grid operator gets federal permission to exceed air quality limits

November 10
Texas’ environmental regulators need to get tougher on polluters, group of lawmakers says

September 15
Website aims to make pollution permit information more accessible in Houston

April 25
In Texas, thousands in fines paid by oil and gas polluters benefit the fossil fuel industry
Floodlight/Texas Tribune

March 14
Texas environment agency’s plan to remedy language discrimination allegations leaves advocates frustrated

Univision45

November 23
¿Vives en Houston y sufres por la contaminación en tu vecindario? Te explicamos cómo puedes denunciar

August 16
¿Sabes cuál es la calidad del aire que estás respirando? Estas páginas de Internet te lo dicen de manera gratuita

June 17
La contaminación por ozono: ¿qué es y cómo afecta al ser humano?
Univision 45 Houston

1-Time Mentions

December 27
Le « blizzard du siècle », nouveau « stress test » du réseau électrique américain
Les Echos

November 22
TCEQ holds hearing on Concrete batch plants in East Aldine
Northeast News

October 26
To achieve Vision Zero, Houston must shift the way it thinks about transportation at every level
Urban Edge

October 7
Houston Alcanza los Peores Niveles de Contaminación en Una Década
The Weather Channel En Español

September 21
Bloomberg takes on the plastics industry
E&E News

September 13
EPA Urged to Remove Clean Air Act ‘Loopholes’ for Facilities
Bloomberg Law

August 15
City Of Houston Selects Five Storytellers For The Houston Inspires/Houston Inspira Public Health Campaign
City of Houston

July 22
La EPA necesita que se restablezcan los fondos y el personal para cualquier justicia ambiental
HWCol.com

June 30
Supreme Court Rules EPA’s Coal Restrictions Exceeded Authority as Texas Grid Sheds Thermal Generation
The Texan

June 16
Fossil fuel power plant regulation in jeopardy
AccuWeather

June 11
Climate Movement: Upcoming TCEQ Sunset Review & How to Get Involved
All Real Radio

June 7
Proposed EPA settlement could further reduce ‘Cancer Alley’ toxic emissions
NOLA

June 6
The agency regulating air and water quality in Texas is under official review. Here’s how to weigh in
Fort Worth Report

May 12
Group says SETX plants releasing benzene at levels that could pose health threat
FOX 4 Beaumont

April 12
Walle says to Concrete Plant: GET OUT OF HERE!
Northeast News

March 30
Six Environmental Nonprofit Groups Sue EPA to Enforce Clean Air Act Provisions
Law Street

March 29
Lawsuit Attempts to Compel EPA to Finalize Ozone Pollution Policies
Law.com

March 9
How Air Pollution Across America Reflects Racist Policy From the 1930s
New York Times

February 22
What’s ‘The Hidden cost of Batch Plants’? Houston Inspires Campaign Raises Awareness
Reform Austin

February 21
Mayor’s Office Press Release – City of Houston Kicks-Off Houston Inspira Public Health Storytelling Campaign Funded By Environmental Protection Agency Grant
Mayor’s Office of the City of Houston

February 12
EPA announces enforcement actions to curb pollution in Houston, Gulf Coast communities
Spectrum News 1

February 10
Who Else Saw the Big Smoke Plume?
City Cast – Houston

January 31
TxDOT commissioner optimistic about I-45 agreements
Community Impact News

January 25
Title V/Clean Air Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Order Granting in Part Petition Objecting to Harris County, Texas, Galena Park Terminal Permit
JD Supra

January 19
Deep in the Heart of Complexity … Or, the View From Texas
Society of Environmental Journalists

January 7
States Seek To Revive Trump Lead-Drinking Water Deadlines
Law 36

Bloomberg

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

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

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

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

March 8
Liability Elusive for Air Pollution Released During Texas Storms

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

Fox26 Houston

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

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

Houston Chronicle

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
Houston urges TCEQ to tighten emissions rules following study of formaldehyde in city’s air 

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

Houston Public Media

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

January 31
The Fire Triangle: Shelter in Place

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

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 11
‘Stop putting cars over people’: Harris County sues TxDOT over I-45 expansion project

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

July 21
FHWA invokes Civil Rights Act to suspend Houston interstate expansion
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
Univision45

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

May 24
Proposed concrete batch plant creates stir in Magnolia area
Community Impact Newspaper

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

April 8
Investigators begin looking for cause of Channelview industrial fire
KHOU11

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
Racist Texas Highway Boondoggle Dealt Blow by Buttigieg’s FHWA
StreetsBlog USA

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 — ESP

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

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

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

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

ABC13/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

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

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

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 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

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