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We stopped 20 state parks from closing

After devastating budget cuts in 2011, this spring, the Legislature restored funding for state and local parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had warned that 20 state parks would have to close without additional funds. But after a public outcry—including thousands of petition signatures from Environment Texas members—the Legislature boosted funding by $62 million. That's enough to keep all our state parks open, make critical repairs, replant trees destroyed by wildfire at Bastrop State Park, and to give grants to cities to build new parks, ball fields and playgrounds.

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To Paxton's Cheers, Court Blocks EPA Clean Water Rule

“Texas' waterways are incredibly important to our environment, our health and our economy,” said Sara Smith, an attorney with the group Environment Texas. “Unfortunately, polluting industries promised legal warfare when the Obama Administration decided to move forward on this rule, and that's exactly what we are seeing now.”

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EPA: Keep the pressure on major air pollutors | Sara E Smith

This week, Environment Texas and dozens of public health, environmental justice and clean air advocates from across the country sent a letter to EPA asking that they keep the pressure on major air polluters that illegally release hazardous chemicals into our communities.

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News Release | Environment Texas

New EPA smog rules are an improvement, but not good enough

“Less health-threatening pollution is better, but it’s not good enough for the more than half a million kids in Texas with asthma and all of us who want to breathe clean air.”

-- Sara E. Smith, Environment Texas

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News Release | Environment Texas

EPA announces final rule to curb refinery pollution and improve public health

The Environment Protection Agency has just released a final rule designed to protect communities from toxic oil refinery pollution, which includes long overdue health standards and expanded air monitoring along refinery fencelines.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Polluters’ allies, including Senators Cruz and Cornyn, unveil latest bid to strip renewed protections for drinking water sources

 Moving on a top priority for corporate agribusiness, Senators Cruz and Cornyn cosponsored a resolution to invalidate EPA’s new Clean Water Rule, blocking protections to waterways that flow into the Edwards Aquifer, the Colorado River, the Trinity River and Galveston Bay. 

 

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