March 4, 2011

A revised settlement agreement between Ash Grove Cement and the cities of Dallas and Arlington now includes language that preserves the goal of the original green cement policy, winning the support of DFW clean air activists who initially opposed a deal two weeks ago.

Computer equipment contains some pretty toxic materials, including lead, cadmium, mercury, and PVC plastics. Over 70% of the heavy metals in landfills come from electronic equipment. Additionally, 60% of electronic equipment that is 'thrown out' doesn't make it to the landfills; instead it is shipped to other countries where there is often less money and resources to dispose of it properly.

Queen of the Sun looks at disappearing bees

As you have probably heard, we have been losing large populations of honeybees. There are multiple factors for this, but the largest threat comes from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a disorder still not clearly understood.

Bees and humans have had a long connection--particularly when it comes to the cultivation of plants.

Last week, Tom 'Smitty' Smith of Public Citizen met with local environmental organizers at the Dallas Clean Air meetup to discuss several issues, including the outcome of the Sunset hearings for Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Railroad Commission. Every state agency must go through a Sunset review where it's practices are evaluated and the agency may or may not be permitted to continue. 

Dallas City Council gets a gift

On Tuesday, each member of the Dallas City Council, along with Mayor Tom  Leppert and City Manager Mary K. Suhm received a gift: their very own copy of the Academy Award nominated film, Gasland

Who didn’t contribute to yesterday’s rolling blackouts?  
February 3, 2011 by Citizen Carol
  
Public Citizen VOX       

Frisco residents concerned about lead pollution

A TCEQ public meeting in Frisco this month drew more than 60 people to discuss lead pollution coming from a battery recyling plant operated by Exide Technologies, inc. The 46-year-old plant is the only battery recycling plant in Texas.

Net metering discussion draws good-sized crowd

Over 80 people turned out at the Trinity River Audubon Center this month on a sunny Saturday afternoon to learn about net metering. The event was sponsored by the Texas Solar Energy Society and the North Texas Renewable Energy Group.

Hundreds turn out to support EPA

Hundreds of people from across the state showed up in Dallas on Friday (January 14th) to participate in the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Public Hearing to support EPA's enforcement of the Clean Air Act in Texas.

And why? Because Texas residents cannot get help from their own state agency, Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ), to safeguard their basic rights to clean air.

Eleven ways for energy efficiency at the stove

Do you know that just by changing a few old habits, you can reduce how often you use your stove? Here are some great tips!

Reusable grocery bags

Paper or Plastic? used to be the question at the supermarket. But unless you've been in a coma for the past few years, the answer is steadily becoming neither as more people are moving to reusable grocery bags. 

And what's wrong with the plastic bag? Well, first, it's made of petroleum, a non-renewable natural resource. If we have a resource that of limited supply and we're depending on that resource for transportation and growing food, why squander on making bags to carry our groceries. And the option of paper bags carries even heavier consequences. 

Smitty has served as state director of Public Citizen since 1985 and serves on the boards of Clean Water Action, the Texas Wind Power Coalition, Texans for Public Justice, Campaigns for People, the Clean Energy Project of CEERT, a nature preserve, and a solar energy company.   He has recently received the Thomas Paine award from Campaigns for People, 2001 Austin Chronicle's critics choice award for "Best People's Lobbyist" as well as an U.S.

Pages