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Texas companies reported releasing 1 million pounds of excess pollution during recent cold snap

Called “upset” events, companies are required to tell the state when they emit pollution above what their permits allow.

By Alejandra Martinez, The Texas Tribune, and Dylan Baddour, Inside Climate News
A house in the Hillcrest neighborhood in Corpus on Feb. 7, 2022. Houses in this neighborhood have co-existed with oil refineries like Flint Hills for decades.

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