After a three-year absence, Texas is again offering rebates for the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles. Cars or trucks running on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas are eligible for $5,000. Texans who recently bought electric cars, plug-in hybrids or hydrogen fuel cell cars could get $2,500 in addition to federal subsidies of up to $7,500.
Many Texas cities are either exceeding or close to exceeding federal air quality standards because pollutant levels in their air are too high. That’s why TxDOT's “Drive Clean Texas” campaign is asking drivers to do their part to help improve and protect the air quality in Texas by reducing harmful vehicle emissions that contribute to air pollution.
The American Lung Association has released their 2018 State of Air report grades U.S. counties on harmful ozone (smog) and particle pollution recorded over a three-year period, and details trends for metropolitan areas over the past decade. The report ranks also both the cleanest and most polluted areas in the country.
This coming Monday night, April 9, there will be an opportunity to provide public comment to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) on awarding over $400 million in transportation projects over the next four years, and we are asking for you to please consider coming to the meeting and voicing your support for funding for the Commute Solutions program. It is important that the CAMPO Policy Board members hear directly from members of the community why it’s important to use this opportunity to reinstate federal funding for the program. By helping commuters in Central Texas make transportation choices that maximize the efficiency of the existing transportation network and expand the use of alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles, the Commute Solutions program provides numerous community benefits, including reduced congestion, reduced air emissions, improved safety, and enhanced access to economic opportunities and social services. Learn more about the time and location:
Texas is expected to receive $209 million in air quality funds from a Volkswagen settlement but there are concerns about how much of those funds will benefit the Austin region. Learn more...
The TCEQ is accepting applications for the Texas Clean School Bus program. Texas school districts, charter schools and transportation systems provided by countywide school districts are invited to help Texas reduce air emissions from diesel-powered school buses.
Governor Greg Abbott has selected the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to be the lead agency for purposes of Texas’ participation in the Environmental Mitigation Trust. This trust was established by the settlement of certain claims against Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche related to the car companies’ use of defeat devices to pass emission standard tests.
The EPA releases its annual report that presents the trends in the nation's air quality and summarizes the detailed information found on EPA's AirTrends website.