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June 4, 2010:

  • Tax Coal? Ways and Means Committee Looks at All Tax Exemptions
    With an upcoming two-year budget deficit speculated to be around $18 billion – and only about $9 billion expected in the “Rainy Day” Fund – the Texas House Ways and Means Committee is spending the summer examining every franchise tax, severance tax, and other tax exemption enjoyed by various industries. On May 25, they set their sights on Texas’s coal industry and other minerals extracted from the ground, among literally dozens of existing exemptions. Unlike most major coal-producing states, Texas has never placed a tax on either the processing of coal or its extraction from the ground. The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club has long advocated such a tax. Read the full story...
  • Will Texas become the nuclear waste option for the country?
    The eight-member Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission is set to meet June 12 in Andrews. It will consider public comments on the proposed Commission rule entitled “Exportation and Importation of Waste.” Under the proposed rule, the Commission would consider on a case-by-case basis whether or not to allow:
    • 1. Exports of low-level radioactive waste from Texas to other states;
    • 2. Imports of low-level radioactive waste from other states into Texas into the proposed low-level radioactive waste site in Andrews County, to be operated by the private company Waste Control Specialists.
    The Compact Commission has already announced that it will not act on the rule on June 12. It is holding the meeting to hear input from public officials and potential stakeholders and consider changes to the proposed rule. A final decision on the rule would be made later this summer, potentially at a meeting in July, according to Compact officials. Read the full story...
  • Sierra Club, Earthjustice Call on EPA to Help Clean the Air
    The Sierra Club and Earthjustice this week called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take stronger steps against air pollution in Texas due to repeated failures of Governor Perry’s Administration to enforce the Clean Air Act in Texas. The groups filed a notice of intent (NOI) to sue the EPA if the federal agency fails to implement more protective clean air measures. Read the full story...
  • The State Capitol E-Report is a monthly electronic update from the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club reporting on Texas environmental policy issues of statewide interest. Contact us at: lonestar.chapter@sierraclub.org ...Header photo copyright Susan Heller
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