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Hurricanes Harvey & Irma: Controlling Water, Mold, Bacterial Fallout

Six Tips on Managing Water Damage, Mold Growth, and Bacterial Threats As Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, and other impacted areas begin the journey to recovery after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, property owners are faced with the challenge of addressing water damage, preventing or remediating mold growth, and heading off bacterial threats from potentially contaminated … Continue Reading

The 5th Circuit Issues Order Leaving Intact its Judicial Stay on the EPA Regional Haze Rule

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit continued its stay of EPA’s Regional Haze Rule. Texas et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 16-60118 (Mar. 22, 2017). The EPA rule would have required power plants in Texas and Oklahoma to install costly and potentially unnecessary upgrades to their generators. Last July, … Continue Reading

Independent Scientific Panel Faults the EPA’s Landmark Hydraulic Fracturing Study

In a detailed, 180-page report released Aug. 11, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) faulted the clarity and conclusions of the agency’s landmark study on the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing, the high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals to break open shale and other “tight” geologic formations to release gas and other hydrocarbons. In … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court strikes down Houston air quality ordinances

On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court struck down Houston’s air quality ordinances, ruling the city had overstepped its authority to police local polluters.  In an 8-1 decision, the justices ruled that local ordinances requiring businesses to pay registration fees and allowing criminal sanctions for emissions violations were inconsistent with state law. The justices wrote in … Continue Reading

Denton, Texas Bans Fracking – What’s Next?

Bans on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) have arisen in a variety of places over recent months.  Voters in Mendocino County and San Benito County, California, and Athens, Ohio, separately approved bans on fracking in the November elections.  The New York State Governor and his Commissioners of Health and Environmental Conservation decided to ban fracking in New … Continue Reading

TCEQ Becomes Sole Permitting Authority for Greenhouse Gases in Texas

On November 10, 2014, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published two actions in the Federal Register that gave the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) sole authority over greenhouse-gas permitting in Texas: The Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD); Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Tailoring Rule Revisions is … Continue Reading

Texas High Court May Have Remade Utility Ratemaking

Written by Dane McKaughan. On Jan. 14, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued its unanimous opinion in Texas Coast Utilities Coalition v. Railroad Commission of Texas, affirming the express statutory authority in the Railroad Commission of Texas to adopt “formula rate” tariffs. Such tariffs could fundamentally change the way in which regulators establish gas utility rates, … Continue Reading
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