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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Trump water directive cheered by ranchers, blasted by environmentalists

State leaders and agriculture groups applauded an executive order issued by President Trump on Tuesday that suggests the controversial "Waters of the U.S." rule finalized under President Obama could be reversed.

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

San Antonio congressman Lamar Smith sets ‘Make EPA Great Again’ hearing

A Central Texas congressman has scheduled a committee hearing next week “to examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s process for evaluating and using science during its regulatory decision making activities.”

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Texas sues EPA over reach of Clean Water Act

Texas is challenging the EPA's new "Waters of the U.S." rule, which is aimed at better defining the the scope of bodies of water protected under the Clean Water Act. Critics say the rule will lead to...

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

EPA climate change plan would raise consumer costs, ERCOT chief says

As Texas regulators weigh a response to President Obama’s proposal to combat climate change, the operator of the state’s main electric grid says the plan would raise energy costs and threaten reliability – particularly in the next...

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

After Mercury inquiry, San Marcos confirms elevated lead levels in water system

UPDATED | About an hour after the San Marcos Mercury left a message with City Manager Jared Miller seeking comment for a forthcoming story on elevated lead levels in the municipal water supply, spokesperson Trey...

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

City, university team up for storm drain art

One doesn't normally associate storm drain covers with artistic creativity. Of course, San Marcos isn't a normal city.

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

San Antonio considers shale drilling’s effect on ozone

As the ozone rating in San Antonio continues its slow upward march, area officials are beginning to investigate whether oil and gas drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale has anything to do with it. But their efforts...

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Texas legislature convenes, facing hard choices

Expect a heated word or two over immigration legislation and border security, threats of major cuts to education and health and human services, and continuing struggles to keep up with the state’s transportation and criminal-justice concerns. Here’s...

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Federal court denies greenhouse gas stay for Texas

Texas' bid to stop the federal government's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases hit another roadblock today, when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals turned down the state's request for a stay of a move to force states...

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

EPA tussle with Texas regulators spreads to gas wells

The tussle between Texas and federal environmental regulators is heating up in yet another arena: natural gas drilling.

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