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Industrial Upset Pollution: Who Pays the Price?
This study, Industrial Upset Pollution: Who Pays the Price?, is the first to examine the impact of unpermitted air emissions on both human health in Texas and on healthcare costs to the state’s taxpayers. This study also evaluates the role of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in protecting the state’s residents when polluting industries far exceed the emission allowances in their permits through emission events, otherwise called “upsets.”
[Created on: 08/01/2005]

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Efficiency in Environmental Permitting: How Texas Rates Among Key States Across the Nation
A Comparison of States’ Permitting Procedures With Those of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
[Created on: 03/30/2005]

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Diesel and Health in America: The Lingering Threat
New study on health impacts from diesel pollution
[Created on: 02/22/2005]

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Unplugging Texas Most Powerful Polluters
Report on how to choose electricty and why it matters
[Created on: 07/16/2003]

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Cooler Buildings, Clear Our Skies, and Cut Costs- Ways You Can Help to Reduce Energy Use and Cost
In 2001, the Texas legislature established a statewide energy code. It has been a great success, with residences alone saving over 700 tons of pollution in the first year. This site offers additional energy efficiency opportunities for Texans. Creating a statewide Green Building program would give people incentives to go further than code, and give the state a way to capture those benefits. Cooler buildings mean clearer skies and lower costs for everyone.
[Created on: 05/01/2003]

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Making Polluters Pay: Environmentally Responsible Ways the 78th Legislature Can Raise New State Funds
This report outlines five environmentally responsible options that together would generate about $1 billion in new state revenues over the biennium. These options also have the potential to promote environmental responsibility in Texas by encouraging lower industrial emissions, prompting more careful use of natural resources, and offering a better mix of fuels in the energy and transportation sectors.
[Created on: 02/23/2003]

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Micropower at the Crossroads
Public Health and the Future of Distibuted Generation
[Created on: 01/02/2003]

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Renewable Resources- The New Texas Energy Powerhouse
A report on the economic benefits of renewable energy in Texas and how to keep them growing.
[Created on: 09/02/2002]

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What Renewable Energy Means To Texas
Four page brochure on the economic benefits of renewable energy in the state of Texas. --job growth --growing tax base in rural areas --clean energy for Texas future --enhanced energy security and diversity
[Created on: 09/02/2002]

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Report: Dirty, Dangerous and Deadly Diesels
Diesel exhausts from both on-road and off-road engines are a significant source of some of the most deadly kinds of air pollution in Texas. Diesel exhaust is a mixture of over 450 different components including toxic gases and fine particles. Over 40 chemicals in diesel exhaust are considered toxic and have been linked to cancer and the disruption of the reproductive system.
[Created on: 01/01/2002]

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