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Environmental Cage Match
After a history of pulling its punches, is EPA finally forcing TCEQ to clean up the Texas air?
"...by what she discovered about the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state agency responsible for enforcing the Clean..."

May 28, 2010 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

EPA: Political Punching Bag or the New 'It' Agency?
Perry emits more hot air over state's dirty air
"...The Environmental Protection Agency's May 25 action to begin taking federal..."

June 11, 2010 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Top 10 Environmental Stories
An oil spill and a water treatment plant top the list
"...No. 4 dominated the year's enviro debates, with most environmental groups opposed to the project as unnecessary and wasteful..."

Jan. 7, 2011 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

Top 10 Environmental Stories
Drought, wildfires, and more WTP4
"...on Coal Enviros and public health advocates celebrated the Environmental Protection Agency's new safeguards to limit mercury pollution from..."

Jan. 6, 2012 News Feature by Amy Smith

Top 10 Environmental Stories
We've only got one planet
"...2) Smitty Steps Down The Austin voice of climate protection, Tom "Smitty" Smith, announced his retirement after 35 years..."

Dec. 30, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

Top 10 Environmental Stories
Save Our Springs' anniversary, Al Armendariz's move, and the bag ban
"...first tree ordinance, which was designed to ensure the protection of many of the city's oldest leafy inhabitants. The..."

Jan. 4, 2013 News Feature by Amy Smith

EPA vs. the AP
Environmental Protection Agency smears journalist after criticism of Harvey inspections
"...In 1984, the Environmental Protection Agency was portrayed as cartoonish poltroons turning a..."

Sept. 8, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Body Snatchers
"...moves with her father (Kinney), a scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency, her stepmother (Tilly) and younger stepbrother (Murphy)..."

Jan. 14, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Capitol Chronicle
The Lege attempt at air pollution control gets shot down in court.
"...a violation of state and federal guarantees of equal protection under the law. So, of the bill's projected $137..."

May 3, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Two Years Gone – How Many Left to Save the Planet?
This Earth Day, urgent evidence of global warming should kick the Austin Climate Protection Plan into higher gear
"..."[M]ore than 2,500 leading environmental experts agreed [yesterday on] a statement that called on..."

April 17, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Earth Days
Directed with a flawless eye and judicious craft, this documentary is an informative and nonpolemic look at the birth of the modern environmental movement.
"...and nonpolemic look at the birth of the modern environmental movement and its various offshoots and key players, Earth..."

Oct. 30, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Capitol Chronicle
Environmental groups notify Alcoa Corp. of intent to sue over environmental violations.
"...air, since a few days earlier Neighbors for Neighbors, Environmental Defense, and Public Citizen had served Alcoa with their..."

Nov. 2, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Capitol Chronicle
Proposed New Air Pollution Rules for Houston Cover a Multitude of Industrial Sins
"...meetings, it's been a private joke between industry and agency officials that the actual releases are much worse [than..."

June 7, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Fire Down Below
"...Seagal strikes me as the least interesting Zen Buddhist, environmental activist, country music-playing martial arts movie star imaginable. But..."

Sept. 12, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

There's Nothing Like a Real Coal Fire
Public Utility Commission member pushes for more coal, even after the recent TXU struggle.
"...regulation (and equally un-noteworthy for lacking tough views on eco-protection), he's selling the line of clean coal. (Possibly the..."

July 25, 2007 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Rick Perry vs. the EPA
Which is the bigger danger, climate change or our governor?
"...in the U.S. Court of Appeals to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency “endangerment finding” being used to regulate greenhouse..."

Feb. 16, 2010 News Post by Katherine Gregor

Keeping Busy
Armendariz moves from the EPA to the Sierra Club, still defending the environment
"...Al Armendariz, Texas' highest environmental official until last spring, moved to Austin this summer..."

Sept. 14, 2012 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

God's Steward at the TNRCC
In Barry McBee's Environment, Politics and Religion Mix
"...and the chairman of one of the most powerful environmental agencies in the country. As the latter, he's an..."

Jan. 16, 1998 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Salamander Tales
To Protect Toads or Build Back Nine? Golf, of Course
"...Governor George Bush wants decisions about protection for the Barton Springs Salamander to be based on..."

Aug. 18, 1995 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Sunset II
Ag Department Cleans House
"...by populist politician- turned radio commentator Jim Hightower, the agency had little chance to deregulate when everybody else was..."

June 30, 1995 News Feature

The De-Railers
RR Commission Challengers Say the Office Is Off-Track
"...protect the future of the very industry that the agency is supposed to regulate. Through the years, the Railroad..."

Nov. 1, 1996 News Feature by Karl Pallmeyer

Austin’s Least-Loved Landfill May Be Poised to Grow Again
The other ACL: The Austin Community Landfill
"...the county, likes to think of itself as progressively environmental. But neighbors and advocates are worried that local government's..."

Jan. 18, 2019 News Feature by Lindsay Stafford Mader

Enviros Applaud EPA Choice for Texas Head
The EPA's new regional administrator has a good environmental track record
"...selection of Dr. Alfredo "Al" Armendariz as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new regional administrator for EPA Region 6,..."

Nov. 13, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Neighbors vs. Neighbors
A profile of the Central Texas struggle over Alcoa Rockdale and its plans for expansionAlcoa announces new "voluntary" emissions reductions.
"...decades -- may have been violating state and federal environmental regulations since the mid-Eighties. During that period, Alcoa completed..."

July 27, 2001 News Feature by Michael King

Capitol Chronicle
Surveying the George W. Bush Legacy in Texas
"...social security or public health or interstate highways or environmental protection or public education -- that we can't do..."

March 16, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Naked City
The debate over Longhorn Pipeline's proposed gasoline pipeline between Houston and El Paso has heated up recently, moving from Austin to Washington, D.C. in advance of a decision by the federal government on whether to conduct a formal environmental impact statement.
"...coming federal decision over whether to require a full-blown Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project. The Environmental Protection..."

July 7, 2000 News Feature by Dan Oko

The Battle for the Springs: A Chronology
"...Three environmental groups and the conservation district sue the Texas Department..."

Aug. 9, 2002 News Feature

TNRCC, EPA Follow Suit
The EPA and TNRCC jump on environmentalists' bandwagon by accusing Alcoa of violating the Clean Air Act.
"...Dept., the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency notified Alcoa on Jan. 9 that it..."

Jan. 18, 2002 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Shattered Icon
Living Legend Ann Richards Steps Off the Pedestal
"...Colonial times," says Sheehan, who points out that increasing environmental awareness coupled with new clean water laws have had..."

Oct. 24, 1997 News Feature by Robert Bryce

EPA Flexes Federal Muscle on Texas Air
Gov. Perry's huffin' and puffin' in defense of dirty air
"...On June 30, Environmental Protection Agen­cy Regional Administrator Al Armen­dar­iz took decisive action..."

July 9, 2010 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

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