The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced Odessa, Texas, as the nation’s leader among smaller cities for Energy Star certified buildings. Odessa boasts 31 buildings with the certification—all schools and school administration offices—totaling 3.1 million square feet. The energy savings from these buildings total $2.4 million. This represents the equivalent of the annual electricity use of 1,800 homes.
EPA Proposes to Add Burnet Co., TX, Groundwater Plume to National Priorities List of Superfund Sites
Two hazardous waste sites added, six proposed nationally
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to add the Main Street Groundwater Plume site in Burnet Co., TX, to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites, a list of sites that pose risks to people’s health and the environment. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country and converts them into productive community resources by eliminating or reducing public health risks and environmental contamination.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) are working with cities in north central Texas to address key environmental issues in the area. Several cities formed a forum for north central Texas municipalities and agencies to develop to leverage regional resources and promote stewardship through a variety of economic, social and environmental initiatives.
Thousands of school bus drivers safely transport children to and from school every day and they should not have to worry about pollutants emitted from buses. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding a total of $240,000 to three school districts in Texas to replace older diesel school buses with new buses that emit 90 percent cleaner emissions.
BRIT and the City of Fort Worth will once again offer Rain Water Solutions’ 50-gallon Ivy rain barrels for sale in the spring to North Texas area residents at a reduced price. The sale will run from February 16 through April 18.The rain barrel sale price is $72.50 and can be purchased online with a credit card at www.rainbarrelprogram.org/britfortworth. Rain barrel pick-up day is Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at BRIT’s parking lot, 1700 University Dr.