CEC Welcomes Rucha Moharir as Environmental Education Intern

Rucha Moharir is an Environmental Science student at the University of Houston. She was born in Mumbai, India and came to Houston to pursue her higher education in 2015. She has been passionate about environmental issues since childhood, having joined Greenpeace India at the age of 13. She is an avid traveler, influenced by her parents, who, as she was growing up, taught her the importance of being a global citizen and exposed her to as many countries and cultures as they were capable of. She hopes to combine her two passions by becoming a sustainability consultant and traveling internationally to various green destinations for work, which will also help increase her knowledge of environmental issues around the world, and she wishes to use that knowledge to spread awareness among people who don’t have immediate access to such information.

Rucha understands the importance of all citizens being aware of pressing environmental concerns, especially local ones, and the importance of providing resources through which they can educate themselves on how they can do their part in
helping better the local environment. This is why she is very excited to join the CEC and do her part in spreading this awareness. Rucha can be reached at [email protected]

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.”

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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.”

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