News Release | Environment America

Statement: Senator Carper releases valuable report on EPA’s pandemic of pollution

Ahead of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing today, featuring testimony from Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Sen. Tom Carper released a staff report summarizing the clean air rollbacks the EPA has proposed or finalized since March 1.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: New House bill looks to protect our rivers and other waterways by halting the administration’s Dirty Water Rule

The Clean Water for All Act, which was introduced today in Congress, would repeal the Trump administration’s “Dirty Water Rule.” The new legislation aims to stop the administration’s effort to endanger drinking water for millions of Americans by weakening the Clean Water Act. It was introduced by U.S. Reps. Peter Defazio (Oregon) and Grace Napolitano (California), who respectively chair the committee and subcommittee that oversee the Clean Water Act. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Senate committee moves to curb sewage pollution but falls short on protecting drinking water

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved two water infrastructure bills this morning.  The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) would increase funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to $3 billion per year by 2024, providing vital resources to curb sewage and runoff pollution.  Unfortunately, the committee failed to include key measures to protect drinking water from lead and PFAS contamination in the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act (DWIA)

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Austin Community College shifts two campuses to 100% renewable electricity

Austin Community College (ACC) announced a plan yesterday to power two campuses, ACC Round Rock and ACC Elgin, with 100 percent renewable electricity beginning in June 2020.  With this announcement, ACC joins other higher education leaders in Texas such as Southwestern University and the University of North Texas in shifting to clean, renewable electricity. ACC is the first community college district in Texas to switch over some of its campuses entirely to wind and solar power. The announcement comes after Environment Texas Research and Policy Center was joined by 100 faculty in a letter in March encouraging ACC to continue its leadership by committing to transition off of fossil fuel energy.

News Release | Environment America

Federal Reserve's new rules open the door to fossil fuel bailout

The Federal Reserve announced new rules on Thursday for its “Main Street Lending Program” designed to help small and mid-sized businesses during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The rule changes allow both larger companies and those carrying more debt to qualify, potentially exposing taxpayers’ money to more risk. The changes also create an opportunity for oil and gas companies to access government assistance.