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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Governor’s order in August took millions from local public service projects

In August, following a meeting between the Capital Area Council of Governments and the governor’s office, 15 projects and nonprofits, including the SAFE Alliance and Asian Family Support Services of Austin, lost funding they were offered in April. Because of…

Friday, July 9, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County plans to lower emissions to comply with Clean Air Act

At the June 29 meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court, commissioners discussed strategies to reduce particulate matter emissions with Jon White, director of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality, and Adele Noel, the environmental project manager for air quality. “We’re…

Friday, May 7, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Environmental commissioners review emissions reduction plan

The Environmental Commission fielded discussion Tuesday on the Austin Emissions Reduction Plan. Phoebe Romero, the environmental program coordinator with the Office of Sustainability, presented alongside Christiane Alepuz, the services program coordinator with the Capital Area Council of Governments Regional Planning…

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Some air pollutants increased in Austin during the pandemic. The big question is why?

As Covid-19 spread across the globe in the spring, people noticed a strange side effect of the pandemic: The air was getting cleaner. Stay-at-home orders, along with the economic crash caused by the outbreak, meant less industrial and transportation-related pollution.…

Friday, September 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin risking federal sanctions over ozone levels

Despite a rapidly rising population, Austin’s air is significantly less polluted than it was 20 years ago. In a presentation to the Electric Utility Commission on Monday, Andrew Hoekzema, director of regional services at the Capital Area Council of Governments,…

Friday, July 14, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County’s clean air programs in question after Abbott’s vetoes

A pair of Gov. Greg Abbott’s line-item vetoes has Travis County once again scrambling to clean up the aftermath, this time involving two air quality programs. On June 23 12, Abbott blasted out of the state budget bill all future…

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Central Texas reacts to new ozone standards

After the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Oct. 1 that it would be tightening its ground-level ozone regulations, some in Central Texas likely felt relieved, some expressed frustration and others looked ahead. The new National Ambient Air Quality Standards reduce…

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Caldwell residents fighting proposed landfill

LOCKHART — Plans for developing an industrial park and landfill in northern Caldwell County have run into fierce opposition from local residents, who say it is a danger to the county’s water supply and that there is no need for…

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