September 2011

Final Update

by jim on September 30, 2011

We’ve been attending the EPA hearing in Arlington all day, but like a lot of you, we’ve been getting those “Orange Alerts” for high ozone levels. What we didn’t realize until we looked at the individual monitors just now was HOW orange it was. We’re seeing some of the highest single-hour readings all summer: 110 ppb at […]

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Mother Jones does a profile on Bryan Shaw, the often overlooked Chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. An ideological twin of Rick Perry that runs the state agency charged with enforcing every federal environmental law on the book, Shaw is the equivalent of the Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Department in Mississippi, […]

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As many of you know, this Thursday, September 29th, from 9 am to 9pm at Arlington City Hall, the EPA will be holding one of only three national public hearings on new emission rules governing the gas drilling industry. At last glance, there were still a lot of empty speaking slots available in the mid […]

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Now They Tell Us

by jim on September 26, 2011

“Shelved ozone standard would have had modest impact on business, politics”  The Center on Public Integrity follows-up and wonders what all the fuss was about. http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/09/23/6709/shelved-ozone-standard-would-have-had-modest-impact-business-politics

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Yesterday was September 26th. Saturday will be October 1 and the “official” end of the DFW “ozone season.” We’re supposed to be winding down the orange alerts and high ozone levels of Smogust. But someone didn’t tell September.  Besides creating some records highs early in the month, yesterday saw both the Parker County and Keller […]

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As promised, we’re posting the EPA’s directive on the new old 75 ppb federal ozone standard. Administrator Jackson referred to the document in testimony on Capitol Hill Thursday and this weekend Region 6 made it available to Downwinders. This is the first outline of how the mechanics of the switch from the current 85 ppb […]

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“Latinos would have a higher risk of disease and death without the (now gutted ozone) standards and would be affected more than other groups because they’re more likely to live in polluted areas, according to a report released by five groups. Asthma, bronchitis, organ damage and death rates would increase among the 39 percent of […]

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The Washington Independent http://washingtonindependent.com/112129/obamas-smog-decision-backed-by-big-business-donors-called-a-huge-loss-for-public-healthdigs around the Obama campaign money machine and finds all kinds of well-known polluters giving money to the President even as they trash the Administration’s environmental policies:

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Ozone Season Goes Out in Orange

by jim on September 21, 2011

UPDATE: 8:30 PM    Things cooled off rapidly after 5pm and so did the ozone levels, just in the nick of time too. The Keller monitor barely escapes establishing a new season “4th high” and setting off a chain reaction that would have increased the entire regional ozone average by a part per billion or […]

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We hope our friend Mr. Reaves has been watching the news the past couple of days because there’s no better evidence that indeed Luminent Energy is playing high-level inside-the-beltway-chess with its employees than its own words and actions concerning the Air Transport Rule since last Monday’s announcement. We expect the company to name a campaign […]

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Thanks to the redoubtable Henry Waxman, Congressman from Wisconsin for assembling this comprehensive data base on the current Congress’  torrid, shameful orgy of industry-backed legislation

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Because it’s the only way we’re going to be able to significantly cut smog-forming pollution from the gas industry for the foreseeable future. Gas production laces the air with toxic substances like sulfur dioxide and benzene, a volatile organic compound, or VOC, and emits pollutants that form smog, which blankets many Western gas fields. Ozone […]

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A cynical piece of fallout from yesterday’s ozone standard decision buried in a Washington Post analysis piece. For the past several years the gas industry in North Texas has repeatedly claimed that they’re not really a significant source of smog-forming pollution, despite official inventories showing a huge rise in emissions from their sources since 2005. […]

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Today the Obama Administration signaled its biggest environmental retreat to date, dropping any plans to lower the federal ozone standard to a level that’s actually protective of human health. Instead, the EPA will stick with the 2008 standard of 75 ppb – a compromise that has no basis in the scientific literature and that ignored […]

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