August 2011

“Just move the monitors”

by jim on August 31, 2011

Why didn’t we think of this simple and eloquent solution to the DFW air pollution problem? Of course, we couldn’t move the monitors to Oklahoma, because it turns out our crap ends up blowing that direction a lot and its’ causing their smog levels to spike. We can’t move them to East Texas or Waco […]

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Since Thursday, this is what’s happened to the DFW air shed: There have been 32 violations of the old 85 ppb federal ozone standard at 14 of the 20 DFW air monitors. There have been 31 new season-highs ozone readings set at 19 of those 20 monitors. There have been three 8-hour episodes averaging 100+ […]

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Don’t know about you, but we haven’t received a single ozone alert today, much less an “orange day” warning, despite ozone numbers climbing to over 100 ppb in both Denton and Keller, as the map of the 12 noon to 1 pm time period today on the right indicates. Yesterday played out very much like […]

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Another late August day, another rise in DFW’s smog “Design Value,” another monitor breaking the law. Friday wasn’t as bad as Thursday, but it was bad enough. Keller’s air monitor recorded a new season-high benchmark “Design Value” of 92 parts per billion. Two days ago it was 90. As of today, Keller’s smog level is […]

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Yesterday was the single worst day for ozone pollution in DFW this year. How bad was it? Over a third of DFW’s air monitors – 8 of 21 – had their ozone season highs for eight-hour readings set by yesterday’s smog. Six of those were “exceedences” of the old 8-hour 85 ppb federal ozone standard. […]

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When does a government environmental agency forfeit its claim on being worthy of the title? When it’s unresponsive to citizen complaints? When it writes rules that blatantly favor polluters at the expense of citizens? How about when it begins writing required federal air clean air plans that it knows will never actually result in cleaner […]

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TICK TOCK TICK TOCK

by jim on August 10, 2011

The Obama EPA is set to meet its fourth deadline in less than two years for announcing a new federal ozone standard. If they don’t hurry up and get one out soon, we may all have to suffer through another failed TCEQ air plan for the old standard.

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Compare and Contrast

by jim on August 8, 2011

This is the article the Dallas Morning News printed today on 2011 ozone levels. You should read it. Then, if you haven’t already, you should read the post directly below this one. Now, decide if the DMN wrote their piece specifically to try to rebut our post, or is it independently that shallow in how […]

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As reported below, this last Wednesday was the single smoggiest day in DFW this summer. In fact, it was the single worst day in at least two summers, and maybe longer. One of the results of this first week of Smogust was that a fourth DFW monitor, way up in Pilot Point, Denton County, had […]

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SMOGUST- Updated

by jim on August 3, 2011

Sunscreen? Check. Hydration? Check. Oxygen tank? Check. Monday it was the Frisco monitor with a violation of the 1997 eight-hour ozone standard we’re still trying to meet in 2011. Tuesday it was Denton. Today…..by 11 am Rockwall shot up to 99 ppb which isn’t a good sign at all. Look for one or more monitors […]

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Yesterday was a bad air day in North Texas despite the official TCEQ ozone forecast of “no problem-o.” Smog monitors in Keller and Denton had already recorded their fourth reading over 85 parts per billion (ppb), with Keller providing this year’s benchmark high of 90 ppb. On Monday, the wind blew NE and it was […]

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