In years-long fight over proposed South Texas landfill, flood risks now take center stage

In the seven years developer Carlos “C.Y.” Benavides III has been seeking approval to build a landfill outside Laredo, he’s faced roadblock after roadblock: Family disputes. Accusations of environmental racism. …

Fundamentals of developing water quality monitoring plan focus of Austin workshop

Program for watershed coordinators, water professionals June 4-5 Contact: Nathan Glavy, 979-458-5915, nathan.glavy@ag.tamu.edu AUSTIN –The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, is hosting a Fundamentals of Developing a Water Quality Monitoring…

After Arkema chemical fires, industry needs more guidance on flood protections, federal investigators say

Arkema — whose Houston-area plant spewed hundreds of feet of black smoke last summer after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey caused toxic chemicals to degrade — had not planned for such…

Texas A&M Reports Sewage From A Newly Renovated Dorm Went To The Wrong Place For Eight Months

News release from Texas A&M: On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Texas A&M University discovered the sanitary sewer drainage line from Dorm 9 (Whitely Hall) had improperly been connected to the…

Texas Well Owner Network honored with prestigious state environmental award

Program earns 2018 Texas Environmental Excellence award in education. Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.eduDr. Drew Gholson, 979-845-1461, dgholson@tamu.eduJohn W. Smith, 979-845-2761, johnwsmith@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION…

Internationally known soil specialist retires from Texas A&M

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Sam Feagley, 979-845-1460, s-feagley@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Students, soil fertility and nutrient management in Texas and beyond have been major parts of Dr.…

After Harvey, some South Texans more wary than ever about plan to build landfill near floodplain

Nearly four months ago, Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall inundated ultra-polluted Superfund sites in and around Houston, triggering the leak of hazardous waste. Now, 300 miles south near Laredo, a company’s efforts to develop…

Bryan City Council Approves Moving Municipal Golf Course To Briarcrest

The Bryan city council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to accept the gift of Briarcrest golf course, which will become the new municipal course December 28th. Comments from the council meeting…

Updated Arroyo Colorado watershed protection plan accepted by EPA

Contacts: Jaime Flores, 956-968-5581, jjflores@ag.tamu.edu Tim Cawthon, 512-239-0845, tim.cawthon@tceq.texas.gov Jude A. Benavides, 956-882-5938, jude.benavides@utrgv.edu Dr. John Tracy, 979-862-7221, john.tracy@ag.tamu.edu WESLACO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accepted the Update…

TCEQ toxicologist, who has questioned ozone risks, appointed to EPA advisory board

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it had appointed Michael Honeycutt, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s chief toxicologist, as chairman of the federal agency’s Science Advisory Board. “I…

EPA won't release benzene levels collected post-Harvey; private tests show elevated levels

As a longtime resident of Manchester, Guadalupe Hernandez is used to the chemical smells that waft through his southeast Houston neighborhood, a low-income, predominantly Hispanic community near a Valero Energy…

In post-Harvey Houston, extent of water contamination largely unknown

When Houston-based epidemiologist Winifred Hamilton spent a few days in the field last week collecting samples of the abundant floodwater Tropical Storm Harvey had left in its wake, she was…

Private water well owners should test well after a flood

Contacts: Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.edu Drew Gholson, 979-845-1461, dgholson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Private water well owners whose wells flooded from the recent rains should assume that their well water is…

Harvey causes chemical companies to release 1 million pounds of extra air pollutants

Oil refineries and chemical plants across the Texas Gulf Coast released more than 1 million pounds of dangerous air pollutants in the week after Harvey struck, according to public regulatory…

Environmental concerns persist across Harvey-ravaged Texas cities. Here's what you should know today.

As efforts to rebuild have slowly begun in areas hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, officials continue to warn of lingering environmental hazards, including the health risks posed by receding floodwater. In…

Harvey’s flooding spurs concern about Houston’s toxic waste sites

As rain poured and floodwaters inched toward his house in south Houston, Wes Highfield set out on a risky mission in his Jeep Cherokee. He drove in several directions to…

Millions consumed potentially unsafe water in the past 10 years

WOLFFORTH, Texas – As many as 63 million people – nearly a fifth of the country – from rural central California to the boroughs of New York City, were exposed…

Landscape workshops on smart, automated weather station irrigation offered

Contact: Charles Swanson, 979-845-5614, clswanson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION –  The Texas A&M School of Irrigation will be conducting a one day short course dedicated to smart irrigation controller use and operation…

TCEQ Allows Bryan ISD To Contest Saint Gobain Cermaics Expansion Plans

Expansion plans by a west Bryan manufacturer remain on hold following a decision by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). TCEQ has granted the Bryan school district what amounts…

AgriLife Extension responds to tornado aftermath

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Stephen Gowin, 903-473-4580, stephen.gowin@ag.tamu.edu Tommy Phillips, 903-567-4149, tommy.phillips@ag.tamu.edu CANTON – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents, and volunteers are assessing the damage caused by…