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Urban Schools Near Industries to Be Monitored for Air Toxics

Urban Schools Near Industries to Be Monitored for Air Toxics

WASHINGTON, DC, March 2, 2009 (ENS) – Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said today that the agency will begin a new initiative to measure levels of air contamination near many schools across the country, particularly those located near large industries and in urban areas. The $2.25 million initiative will be the…

Hurricane Ike Shuts Largest U.S. Biodiesel Refinery

Hurricane Ike Shuts Largest U.S. Biodiesel Refinery

HOUSTON, Texas, September 17, 2008 (ENS) – The nation’s largest biodiesel refinery, located on the Houston Ship Channel, will be shut down for the next six to eight weeks because of damage and loss of power caused by Hurricane Ike, company officials say. The publicly traded owner-operator GreenHunter Energy says damages at its Renewable Fuels…

Hurricane Ike Claims Eight Lives, Millions Without Power

Hurricane Ike Claims Eight Lives, Millions Without Power

AUSTIN, Texas, September 14, 2008 (ENS) – The center of Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston, Texas at 2 am Saturday and moved inland across the Galveston-Houston area, knocking out power, water and sewer services, toppling trees and damaging buildings. The hurricane has claimed eight lives to date, five in Texas, two in Louisiana and one…

Governor Perry Warns Texans Hurricane Ike is 'Dangerous'

Governor Perry Warns Texans Hurricane Ike is 'Dangerous'

AUSTIN, Texas, September 11, 2008 (ENS) – Residents of the Houston-Galveston area and four northern counties on the Texas Gulf Coast have been ordered to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Ike, now headed directly for the city of Galveston. Brazoria, Jefferson, Matagorda and Orange counties are being evacuated, and county offices and courthouses are closed today…

Seven Texas Petrochemical Plants Must Stop Air Pollution

Seven Texas Petrochemical Plants Must Stop Air Pollution

AUSTIN, Texas, August 27, 2008 (ENS) – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has resolved the state’s environmental enforcement action against two Lyondell Chemical Company subsidiaries that operated seven petrochemical plants in Houston and along the Gulf Coast. Under an agreed final judgment proposed by the state, defendants Equistar Chemicals and Millenium Petrochemicals Inc. will each…

Shell's Deer Park Refinery Emissions Draw Legal Action

Shell's Deer Park Refinery Emissions Draw Legal Action

HOUSTON, Texas, January 9, 2008 (ENS) – Sierra Club and Environment Texas filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal district court against Shell Oil Company and several affiliates. The groups claim that Shell has repeatedly violated the Clean Air Act at its Deer Park, Texas, oil refinery and chemical plant, resulting in the release of millions…