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Work to upgrade Texas water quality pays off

Article: Work to upgrade Texas water quality pays off

AUSTIN, Texas, May 18, 2009 (ENS) – The water quality in Texas improved somewhat in 2007 over the previous year, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, TCEQ, in its 2008 annual report on managing nonpoint source pollution issued Thursday.

Of the 925 water bodies tested in 2007, 386 were included on the 2008 303(d) List, an annual list of impaired waters that all states are required to submit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the federal Clean Water Act.

This was a slight decrease from the 2006 303(d) List, which included 399 water bodies.

Governments Unanimous on 2009 Start to Mercury Treaty Talks

Article: Governments Unanimous on 2009 Start to Mercury Treaty Talks

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 20, 2009 (ENS) – Environment officials from more than 140 countries today agreed to craft the world’s first treaty to control emissions of mercury, a toxic heavy metal that poses serious risks to human health and the environment. They agreed to voluntarily limit mercury at once, even before a treaty is finalized.…