COVID-19 – Impacts on Compliance with and Enforcement of Environmental Laws

Have environmental laws changed during COVID-19? Yes, some temporary changes were recently made to both federal and state environmental policies in response to COVID-19. On March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the agency’s exercise of its enforcement discretion for noncompliance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy applies retroactively beginning on … Continue reading COVID-19 – Impacts on Compliance with and Enforcement of Environmental Laws

Community Webinar: How to Write Comments on the Proposed Seaport Oil Terminal (SPOT) Deepwater Port Application

Community members have a unique voice when it comes to commenting on large infrastructure projects which can impact community health, safety, and livelihoods. The public comment process provides an opportunity for community members to share their personal experiences and concerns about a potential project undergoing the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act. In … Continue reading Community Webinar: How to Write Comments on the Proposed Seaport Oil Terminal (SPOT) Deepwater Port Application

City of Houston to Host Community Workshops on I-45 Expansion Project

Starting on January 30, 2020, the City of Houston will host a final round of three community workshops to learn more about TxDOT's North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP), the proposed expansion of I-45N from downtown to Beltway 8 and changes to downtown-area freeway connections including I-69, I-10 and 288. The City of Houston developed … Continue reading City of Houston to Host Community Workshops on I-45 Expansion Project

Lone Star Legal Aid’s EJ Team to Develop Client-Based Mobile App for Reporting Environmental Concerns

Houston, TX - Lone Star Legal Aid clients will soon be able to report and track their environmental concerns through a new mobile app. LSLA's Environmental Justice Team, part of the Equitable Development Initiative, proposed this client-based application as a tool that community members will be able to use for reporting and tracking environmental issues … Continue reading Lone Star Legal Aid’s EJ Team to Develop Client-Based Mobile App for Reporting Environmental Concerns

Town Hall Addresses Community Concerns Surrounding Cancer Cluster

On January 21, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee held a Town Hall at Phillis Wheatley High School in Houston’s Fifth Ward, where a recent cancer cluster investigation by the Texas Department of State Health Services found higher than expected rates of cancers of the lung and bronchus, esophagus, and larynx in Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens … Continue reading Town Hall Addresses Community Concerns Surrounding Cancer Cluster