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    Fighting Dirty Energy In Texas

    Coal 

    Texas cities are already overburdened with toxic air pollution. The last thing we need is more polluting coal plants that will:  

    • Threaten our health and the health of our children
    • Stifle the promise of a new economy based on energy efficiency and renewable energy
    • Contribute to the numerous ecological and environmental problems associated with burning fossil fuels
    • Overburden our existing emergency healthcare system

    In 2007, TXU reduced the plants they were going to build from 11 down to three. But there are still 12 being proposed or built in Texas. These 12 New Plants Will Add:

    • 77 million tons per year of CO2
    • 53,630 tons per year of SO2
    • 29,660 tons per year of NOx
    • 14,180 tons per year of PM
    • 3,434 pounds per year of Mercury

    For more information about the work Public Citizen is doing in Texas, click here.

    For more information about what you can do to stop a coal plant planned for your community go to www.stopthecoalplant.org.

    TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas » Coal
    Tonawanda Coke Coal Plant Receives Large Fine for Violating the Clean Air Act in NY

    A coal plant outside of Buffalo, NY was issued one of the largest fines ever imposed criminally on a company for violating the Clean Air Act. On Wednesday, March 19th, Tonawanda Coke Corp. was fined $12.5 million for knowingly and illegally releasing hundreds of tons of the carcinogen benzene into the air for five years […]


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    Friday, April 04, 2014 7:25:57 AM

    Natural Gas Climate Change Impact Almost as Bad as Coal Because of Methane Leakage

    While we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing the words “natural”, “healthy” and “environmentally-friendly” thrown around in advertisements for a variety of consumer goods, it’s important to remember that household items are not the only things capable of being greenwashed – case in point, natural gas. The word “natural” has been used to connote things such […]


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    Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:29:33 AM

    Coal and China – a hazy future

    NBC news reports a spike in air pollution readings over 20 times the recommended exposure levels suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Beijing on Thursday, cloaking China’s capitol in a thick, gray haze .  Click here to read the NBC story. The resultant air warning was just the first of 2014. In January […]


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    Thursday, January 16, 2014 7:51:33 PM

    Fines, Follow Fun Filled Freeze

    Remember sitting at home during February 2 of 2011 as the temperatures dropped and the power kept getting turned off. As millions of Texas sat in the cold and dark Luminant, Texas largest power generator, wasn’t able to get its power plants running along with other generators. Luminant Energy Company, LLC’s, recently was fined $750,000 […]


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    Wednesday, December 18, 2013 6:00:00 PM

    Sign up for EPA Carbon Listening Session in Dallas on Thurs, Nov 7th

    This summer, President Obama committed the U.S. to be a global leader on curbing climate disruption and proposed that we start by limiting carbon pollution from power plants. Currently, there are no limits on the amount of carbon pollution spewed into the air by power plants. It’s time to change that. As they prepare to […]


    The post Sign up for EPA Carbon Listening Session in Dallas on Thurs, Nov 7th appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Monday, November 04, 2013 11:09:32 AM

     

    Federal efforts to resuscitate a nuclear industry that was DOA come with a cost: your tax dollars (over $13 billion) are being spent to support the companies that want to build new nukes, transferring the considerable financial risk from corporations to taxpayers. Public Citizen, through its Energy Program, is actively debunking nuclear industry propaganda and challenging new reactors at the state and federal level while vigorously working to promote viable energy solutions.

    For more information about the nuclear renaissance, click here.

    Proposed Reactors in texas

     

    Energy companies already are pursuing permits to build and operate 34 new reactors throughout the country. Despite the prohibitive cost and fatal flaws of nuclear power, 17 applications to build new nuclear reactors have been submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Four of these have been submitted within the state of Texas. Public Citizen Texas opposes all of these plants and has joined the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition as a legal intervener in the Comanche Peak and South Texas Project (STP) licensing process. The legal cases made against Comanche Peak and STP are some of the most successful of their kind nationwide. STP has more contentions accepted by the administrative court than in any other case. Comanche Peak is unique because the administrative court admitted a contention that the license application did not adequately consider energy alternatives and advances in energy storage technology.

    Click here to find a chart with the nuclear expansion permits in Texas and their current status.  For more information on the proposed nuclear plants for Texas go to: 

    TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas » Nuclear
    San Onofre Nuclear Plant Closing: A harbinger of things to come for the U.S.’s aging nuclear fleet?

    Earlier today, Southern California Edison (SCE) announced that they will retire Units 2 and 3 of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), essentially closing the troubled nuclear power plant which is located between San Diego and Los Angeles. SONGS, which has been in operation for 45 years, may be a harbinger for the future […]


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    Friday, June 07, 2013 3:01:41 PM

    Foreign Ownership Could Halt Licensing of South Texas Project Nuclear Reactors

    NRC Says NINA Doesn’t Meet Their Requirements On Tuesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told judges overseeing the licensing case for two proposed South Texas Project reactors that the applicant (NINA) is subject to foreign ownership control or domination requirements and does not meet the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act in this regard. This will […]


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    Thursday, May 02, 2013 12:00:58 AM

    NRC MAINTAINS HEIGHTENED WATCH OVER NUCLEAR PLANTS IMPACTED BY SANDY; THREE SHUTDOWNS AND OYSTER CREEK PLANT IN ALERT

    Update:  The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said an alert at the Oyster Creek plant in Forked River, N.J., ended early Wednesday, October 31. According to an NRC press release, three reactors (Nine Mile Point 1 in Scriba, N.Y., Indian Point 3 in Buchanan, N.Y.; and Salem Unit 1 in Hancocks Bridge, N.J.) experienced shutdowns as […]


    The post NRC MAINTAINS HEIGHTENED WATCH OVER NUCLEAR PLANTS IMPACTED BY SANDY; THREE SHUTDOWNS AND OYSTER CREEK PLANT IN ALERT appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:12:03 PM

    Three Mile Island – Deja vu

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has reported that a reactor at Three Mile Island, the site of the nation’s worst nuclear accident, shut down unexpectedly on this afternoon when a coolant pump tripped and steam was released.  Right now they are saying the plant is stable with no impact on public health or safety. Still, this is […]


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    Thursday, September 20, 2012 6:55:34 PM

    NRC Whistleblower Claims Threat To Nuclear Plants Covered Up By Regulators

    According to the Huffington Post, not one, but two, whistleblower engineers at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have accused regulators of deliberately covering up information relating to the vulnerability of U.S. nuclear power facilities that sit downstream from large dams and reservoirs and failing to act to despite being aware of the risks for years. One […]


    The post NRC Whistleblower Claims Threat To Nuclear Plants Covered Up By Regulators appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Tuesday, September 18, 2012 6:00:18 PM

    Diesel Pollution


    Diesel pollution poses a serious threat to the health of Texans, particularly in urban areas where a substantial portion of toxic particulate pollution (soot) and ozone forming pollution comes from diesel engines.    

    Texas consumes more diesel fuel than any other state.   

    About 8% of all diesel fuel consumed on the highways and about 11% of diesel consumed off-road nationally is consumed in Texas.  There are an estimated 6 million off-road vehicles in Texas.

    For more information about diesel pollution in Texas, click here

    At a time when cleaner, safer and cheaper alternatives are available, pursuing dirty energy makes no sense.

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