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This Friday marked the Autumnal Equinox in Texas, meaning we experienced almost exactly the same amount of daylight as darkness. Then, starting on Saturday, the winter moon began to dominate the sky. In honor of this last day of twelve or more hours of sunlight until June, we should celebrate the sun’s power through bigger commitments to solar energy in our communities.

 

It might seem counterintuitive -- why should we turn to solar as the days grow shorter? And can we really go big on renewable energy, at a time when our national leaders seem stuck on the fossil fuels of the past?

Toxic Sites Flooded by Hurricane Harvey

Officials are still trying to confirm whether Texas floodwaters have spread contamination from the toxic waste sites known as “Superfund sites” to residential areas. The Environmental Protection Agency says 13 Superfund sites were flooded and potentially damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The following is a list of those locations, along with the contaminants at the sites and associated health concerns.

Worried about pollution after Harvey?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we've been shining a spotlight on a variety of pollution problems, including Superfund sites, sewage overflows and air emissions. TexPIRG is working alongside our colleagues at Environment Texas to stay on top of the latest news and information about pollution in the area. Here's a list of what we know so far.

FACT SHEET: Environmental and Health Concerns About Oil and Gas Spills After Hurricane Harvey

Texas’ oil and gas regulator, the Railroad Commission of Texas, has received reports of spilled oil, gas, and other fluids from at least 20 locations, involving thousands of barrels of oil and produced water. We may never know the full impacts of these spills, but here’s what we know now.

Texas Chemical Explosions: More Safety Needed Now

Two small explosions last night at a Texas chemical facility highlight that comprehensive emergency regulations need to be enforced more strictly at chemical plants.

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Too Close to Home

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which took place in March 2011, delivered a reminder to the world that nuclear power comes with inherent risks. Over a period of several days, three Japanese nuclear reactors suffered meltdowns. A large amount of radioactive material escaped into the environment over the ensuing months.

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Nuclear Power Plants Threaten Drinking Water for 1.2 Million Texans

AUSTIN – The drinking water for 1.2 million people in Texas could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant, says a new study released today by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center and the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG). See map here, key below.

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The High Cost of Nuclear Power

Nuclear power is among the most costly approaches to solving America’s energy problems. Per dollar of investment, clean energy solutions – such as energy efficiency and renewable resources – deliver far more energy than nuclear power.

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New Report Shows Building New Nuclear Plants is a Bad Investment

Renewable energy sources can produce far more electricity than nuclear plants for less money, according to the new TexPIRG report. Unfortunately, the nuclear industry has proposed thirty new reactors across the country at an estimated cost of $300 billion.

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Texas Oil Refinery Explosion Underscores Need for Safer Chemicals

The explosion at the Big Spring, Texas, oil refinery this week underscores the importance of protecting communities from releases of highly toxic chemicals. The explosion at the Alon USA petroleum refinery injured four and closed schools, a local college and Interstate Highway 20, which passes by the refinery. 

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