CEC ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS UPDATE 2/21/03
Environmental Lobby Day
Coalition members will be out in force on March 3 for Environmental Lobby Day in Austin- and you can join them. First learn how to lobby by attending a training workshop on Sunday, March 2. Training sessions will focus issues like clean air and water, hazardous waste, environmental-law enforcement and renewable energy. Then put your new skills to the test on Monday by lobbying your state legislators. A rally on the steps of the Capitol will follow. For help with transportation from Houston to Austin contact Greg Broyels(West / Central Houston) at 713-880-2132 orCharlotte Wells (East / Southeast Houston) at 281-842-7764. Register for the event by contacting Erin Rogersat 512-477-1729.
MFCA hosts air monitoring events
According to the 2000 U.S. EPA Toxics Release Inventory
(TRI), Harris County
At high enough levels, toxic pollutants can cause serious
To highlight the importance of monitoring for air pollutants ,Mothers for Clean Air will co-sponsor an air monitoring round table discussion on Friday, Feb 28 and a Community Air Monitoring Fair Saturday, March 1.
The monitoring fair will consist of a series of exhibits that will educate citizens, industry, regulatory agencies and the media on the latest developments in air monitoring technology, give people hands-on experience with community-friendly equipment that can test the air and inform industry of citizen-led projects.
The roundtable will be a discussion among regulatory agencies,
The roundtable discussion is Friday, February 28 from1:00-3:00 PM. at the Pasadena ISD Administration Building, 1515 Cherry Brook Lane and Strawberry Road, in Rooms T3 and T4.
The Fair is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the City of Houston's Bureau of Air Quality Control, 7411 Park Place and Telephone Road. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Jane Lapingat 713-526-0110 or visit MFCAon the web.
Master Naturalist Volunteer Training
The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program
is still taking applications for it's Spring 2003 volunteer training session
which begins March 4th. Classes will be on 13 consecutive Tuesday evenings,
with six field
Environmental Art Exhibit
Natural Legacy will host a Student Environmental Art Exhibit and "Friendraiser" at Michaeline's Restaurant & Gallery on Tuesday, Feb 25 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There will be an exhibit and auction of the paintings produced by high school participants in Natural Legacy’s Student Environmental Art Council. The student artists will be in attendance to discuss their work. $20 donations will be welcomed at the door. Food will be catered by Michaeline's Restaurant and there will be an open bar. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Natural Legacy's community-based environmental art after-school programs and field experiences for our high school participants. Michaeline's is located at 1512 W. Alabama (across from the Menil Art Gallery parking lot). For more information please contact Debbie Rhodesat 713-590-5193.
Cleanup to begin on Houston Seperfund site
The Environmental Protection Agency expects to begin new
sampling activities soon at a Superfund site that local residents and
the city of Houston hope can be remediated and developed as an extension
of their neighborhood. The 36-acre Many Diversified Interests site, is
in federal receivership after investigators found unacceptable levels
of contaminants. EPA recently initiated a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility
Study after elevated concentrations of lead, arsenic, chromium and other
metals were collected at the former industrial facility in 1994.
Houston CEO calls for mandatory emissions reporting
Exxon Mobil Corp. Chief Executive Lee Raymond said this
week laws targeting emission cuts on gases blamed for global warming should
not be created until companies are required to report on carbon emission.
Public hearing set for I-10 FEIS
The Texas Department of Transportation released a re-evaluation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the I-10 expansion project on Tuesday. The re-evaluation addresses the use of four toll roads in the center of the freeway between State Highway 6 and the 610 loop and the addition of elevated Beltway 8 frontage-road lanes.
The intent of the re-evaluation is to identify and evaluate refinements in design, proposed operations and any environmental consequences of replacing METRO's HOV lanes with Harris County Toll Road Authority’s toll lanes. According to Polly Ledvina, an organizer with the Katy Corridor Coalition, the TXDOT plan will not solve the area’s traffic problems.
"Relying solely on more and bigger freeways and tollways is a crude and outdated strategy already shown everywhere not to work," she said.
A public meeting to discuss the re-evaluation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003 at the West Chester Educational Center, 901 Yorkchester from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. According to Norm Woodington, a public information officer with TXDOT, written comments would be accepted into March.
Ledvina said that Houstonians concerned about transportation problems should attend the meeting, even if they do not live in the Katy corridor.
"We need as many people as possible to help us send the message that Houstonians want cleaner, more modern, efficient and thoughtful solutions to our mobility problems than we are currently being handed," she said.
The entire FEIS is available online at www.katycorridor.org.
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