David Foster, Clean Water Action Texas Director, said: "Delegating the authority to enforce the federal Clean Water Act to a state only works if that state actually implements the law. The TCEQ's failure to do this has exposed Texas waterways and the people and ecosystems that depend on them to enormous risk. It's time for EPA to take matters into its own hands."
The impacts of climate change are intensifying across the United States. The north east is experiencing flooding and hurricanes while the western states are experiencing droughts, fires and water level depletion. As of publication time, severe drought conditions have returned to California; according to the US Drought Monitor, 73% of California is currently experiencing extreme and exceptional drought which has resulted in active fire season, soil moisture loss and decrease in water availability.
Too often polluting power plants, electrical substations, and gas compressor stations are concentrated in communities where people of color, low-income people, and limited English proficient speakers live and work.
Transportation emissions lead to poor indoor and outdoor air quality, disproportionately affecting low-income and BIPOC neighborhoods, and especially impacting children at home and school every day.
Energy efficiency means using less energy to perform the same task. It brings a variety of benefits including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering our costs on a household level.
Why access to energy efficiency matters:
Everyone should have access to weatherization and affordable utilities regardless of their race and income
"Instead of focusing on real problems like fixing the electrical grid that failed so miserably during last winter's storm, the Governor and his allies are making it harder for people to vote."
"This ruling affirms what we have said since the beginning -- the Dirty Water Rule was sloppy, ignored the latest scientific findings about water quality, and put vital water bodies at risk of pollution and destruction."