Saturday, August 19, 2017
Abbott appoints three to Sabine River Authority board of directors

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently made three appointments to the Sabine River Authority board of directors, which regulates the river’s waters and those of its tributaries to manage conservation, control preservation and utilization, among other initiatives.
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Texas now accepting applications for natural gas vehicle and engine replacement grants

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is making $37.8 million available for the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program (TNGVGP) and is accepting applications for the funding until May 26, 2017.
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Abbot appoints Kathleen Jackson, Peter Lake to TWDB

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot recently made two appointments to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), reappointing Beaumont’s Kathleen Jackson and appointing Dallas’ Peter Lake.
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Texas makes $11.8 million available for alternative fuel and natural gas grants

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) recently announced that it is accepting applications for grants to support projects developing the state’s alternative fuel and natural gas fueling station infrastructure under the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan.
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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council allocates first RESTORE Act project funds

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council approved a Funded Priorities List this week, which will determine environmental projects and activities that are to receive the first round of funding from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill civil penalties.
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Texas Gov. Abbott makes appointments for Coastal Water Authority Board

Texas Gov.Greg Abbott recently appointed Thomas Reiser and Douglas Walker to the board of directors for the Coastal Water Authority, a conservation and reclamation district encompassing Harris, Chambers and Liberty counties.
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Smith investigates potential misuse of public funds

The investigation seeks to uncover whether the Institute of Global Environment and Society used $63 million in federal funds inappropriately.
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Burgess praises defunding of American Centrifuge Project

Following the Department of Energy’s announcement last week that it will defund the American Centrifuge Project, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, issued a statement supporting the move.
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Smith leads House hearing on EPA's mine-discharge mishap

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, led the first congressional hearing on the Gold King Mine spill, which was triggered by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspection activity on Aug. 5.
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Michigan governor creates Pipeline Safety Advisory Board

With an executive order, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder created the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board on Thursday, a 15-member group drawn from environmental and industry leaders that aims to ensure safety, upkeep and transparency.
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Smith finds 'irony' in EPA's polluting of river as it finalized water rule

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, issued a statement on Thursday slamming the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the U.S. Rule, which had been set to go into effect this week.
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Lamar Smith chastises EPA for not turning over Gold King Mine information

House committee had requested details of EPA activities that triggered wastewater spill
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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality wins EPA grant for wetlands analysis

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will continue its work to analyze the condition of the state’s wetlands with a $245,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Houston's SOLTEX wins Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

Houston’s Synthetic Oil and Lubricants of Texas (SOLTEX) was one of six honorees at the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Monday, according to a release from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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House panel questions EPA chief on recent regulations

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy offered testimony at a hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee late last week, where several committee members questioned her on recent regulations that have drawn criticism as being overreaching and costly.
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Smith applauds Supreme Court decision on Mercury Air Toxics rule

Lawmaker: "Today's Supreme Court ruling is an important step toward reining in ... EPA."
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Federal agencies enter alliance for three resilient lands

A coalition of federal agencies announced three new landscape partnerships under the Resilient Lands and Waters initiative on Wednesday, consisting of California’s Headwaters, the Russian River Watershed and Montana’s Crown of the Continent.
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Congressman: Report on airline emissions part of EPA power grab

In response to a report from the EPA alleging that commercial airplanes are responsible for air pollution via carbon emissions, U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) issued a statement condemning the potential effects of any new regulations on the U.S. economy. “The sky is the limit when it comes to how much of the U.S. economy the EPA wants to control,” Smith, who serves as chairman for the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, said.
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