Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: July 2, 2019

Judge finds Formosa liable for plastic pollution at Texas plant

(Houston Chronicle Editorial Board, Updated 06/29/19. Photo by Jerry Lara.)

“A federal judge has found Formosa Plastics liable for spilling thousands of pounds of plastic pellets and powders into Texas Gulf Coast waters.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt sided with environmental activists Thursday, ruling that Formosa violated state and federal law when its Point Comfort plant spilled plastics into Lavaca Bay and Cox Creek, about halfway between Houston and Corpus Christi. The judge will next decide whether to penalize the Taiwanese company, which could face penalties of up to $162.2 million, according to the nonprofit Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.”


KMCO fined for pattern of environmental violations at Crosby plant

(Houston Chronicle Editorial Board, Updated 06/28/19. Photo by Nguyen Le.)

“The company that owns a Crosby chemical plant where one worker was killed and two others critically injured during an April explosion and fire was hit this week with nearly $80,000 in fines for an alleged pattern of past violations of environmental laws at the facility.

State environmental regulators on Wednesday approved the fine for KMCO for a string of violations going back to 2012. They cited the Crosby plant for failing to follow the Clean Air Act’s permitting and reporting procedures over five years, including problems with unpermitted flares, exceeding emissions and failing to conduct regular inspections, state documents show.” houstonchronicle.com

Teen activists host town hall on climate change

(Houston Chronicle Editorial Board, Updated 06/29/19. Photo by Steve Gonzales.)

“Saturday marked the first public event hosted by the nascent Houston chapter of the national Sunrise Movement. Founded in 2017, the organization is a coalition of young people who regularly participate in activism that aims to educate Americans about climate change, and fight back against man-made planetary harm. And Canfield is confident that Saturday’s consciousness raising will be the first of many actions Sunrise takes in her native city.

And not a moment too soon.”


Additional Headlines

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    • Report lists I-45 rebuild project among nation’s biggest highway boondoggles (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
  • 6/20/19
    • Is Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tough enough to challenge polluters? (Elena Craft and Bakeyah Nelson – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Crews stabilize cap that covers San Jacinto Waste Pits (Perla Trevizo – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
  • 6/21/19
    • Kirby Corp. files lawsuit over recent Houston Ship Channel accident (Andrea Leinfelder – Houston Chronicle) www.chron.com
  • 6/23/19
    • Enviros allege NextDecade plans to build larger LNG plant than proposed permit allows (Sergio Chapa – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
  • 6/24/19
    • The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Quietly Undermining Global Climate Talks (Luke McGrath – Bloomberg) www.bloomberg.com
    • Harris County may turn to federal courts to crack down on Valero’s air pollution violations (Perla Trevizo – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
  • 6/25/19
    • Houston-area environmental experts share insight on petrochemical fire, barge collision (Jake Magee – Community Impact Newspaper) communityimpact.com
  • 6/26/19
    • What Happens When a Houston Energy Guru [Michael Skelly] Messes With the Power Grid? (Loren Steffy – Texas Monthly) www.texasmonthly.com
    • Citywide bike-sharing initiative reaching new Heights (Adam Zuvanich – The Leader News) theleadernews.com
  • 6/29/19
    • ‘Energy sprawl’ threatens Texas’ wide-open spaces (Joe Kiesecker and Michael Young – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
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