Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: February 9, 2022

EPA nixes state take on toxic chemicals

(Houston Chronicle, Emily Foxhall, Updated 02/07/22. Photo: Mark Mulligan)

“The fight centers on a chemical that, like many produced in the Houston region, most enjoy the benefits and suffer the risks of, but few have any idea exists. It’s a colorless gas called ethylene oxide, best known for its effectiveness in sterilizing medical equipment. It’s also used to purify spices and make a range of household products.”

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Oil firms’ climate efforts targeted

(Houston Chronicle, James Osbourne, Updated 02/09/22. Photo: associated press file)

“In recent years, major oil companies such as Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell have worked to move beyond the industry’s climate denial of the 1990s and 2000s, pledging to get their operations to net-zero emissions by 2050.

But that typically does not include greenhouse gasses from the products they sell, such as gasoline and jet fuel… “

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Black farmers upset debt relief is held up

(The Texas Tribune, James Pollard [repost Houston Chronicle] Updated 02/07/22. Photo: Meridith Kohut/ for the Texas Tribune.)

“Recent data suggests the USDA continues to disproportionately reject Black farmers for loans. According to a CNN analysis, 42 percent of Black farmers were rejected for direct USDA loans in 2021, more than any other demographic group.”

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