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Kiah Collier

Kiah Collier is a reporter and associate editor for the Tribune with a focus on energy and environment. Since graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in philosophy and multimedia journalism, Kiah has reported for publications across the state, including the San Angelo Standard-Times, Reuters, the Austin-American Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. Her beats have included local and state government and politics, shipping and airlines and public education. She has covered several natural disasters from the ground, including Hurricane Harvey, and investigated everything from maritime pilots, to lax environmental enforcement to the federal government’s abuse of eminent domain in building the first sections of wall along the Texas-Mexico border. Kiah’s reporting has garnered a variety of local, state and national awards, including a Peabody in 2017 for her work on a project that examined the Houston area's extreme vulnerability to hurricanes.

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The San Jacinto River Waste Pits, an EPA Superfund site that is contaminated with dioxins, is located off Interstate 10 east of Houston.
 Michael Stravato

Report: Texas criteria for polluted site cleanup 'significantly weaker' than neighboring states

A forthcoming report by the Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund says the standards Texas uses to determine how much — and whether — to clean up abandoned industrial facilities and other contaminated sites are 'significantly weaker' than those of neighboring states and the federal government, in part because it tolerates a higher cancer risk.

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The Big Brown power plant in Fairfield, Texas
 Robert W. Hart

Trump unveils major rollback of Obama's Clean Power Plan

Texas' Republican leadership cheered the announcement of the so-called Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, which will give states broad authority in determining how to regulate pollution from coal-fired power plants. Along with coal-friendly West Virginia, Texas led a coalition of about two dozen states that sued over the rule's predecessor, calling it federal overreach.

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EPA: San Antonio ozone levels too high under new standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday officially deemed Bexar County noncompliant with new, stricter ozone standards enacted under the Obama administration. The so-called "nonattainment designation" will come with stricter federal scrutiny that state and local officials say will adversely impact the local economy.

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