December 2011

This is not a story that will ever make national headlines. It hardly even got a respectably-sized article in the town where it’s taking place. But for beat-down citizen-soldiers of the air wars looking for proof that their own local battles can affect national policy, it’s a tale worth telling. Yesterday, the Department of Justice […]

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  Word comes that Lehigh's Glens Falls New York cement plant is applying for a another version of a "Landfill in the Sky" permit that would allow them to burn International Paper's"Enviro Fuel Cubes" made-up of all kinds of wood and paper waste. Lehigh says the cubes reduce Sulfur Dioxide pollution. So do Scrubbers. On the other hand, […]

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Unlike Texas, Wyoming’s Governor actually recommended that his shale-producing counties be included in smog “non-attainment areas” because of the pollution from gas industry sources. The EPA has agreed and now will draw boundaries for one of the most unique such areas in the entire country. That’s because unlike DFW and just about every metropolitan area […]

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Despite DFW and Houston having very bad smog years, the Austin-San Marco Metropolitan Area managed to achieve compliance with the new 75 parts per billion ozone standard in 2011 – but just barely. The San Marcos Mercury runs down the particulars, including the origin of Central Texas air pollution where half of the amount of […]

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  It pains us to have to write about this because the American Lung Association stood with Downwinders throughout the mid-to- late 1990's and helped us turn the tide against the burning of hazardous wastes in the Midlothian cement plants. And we also understand how hard it is to raise money for non-profits with a […]

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Late Friday EPA announced that it was recommending two more North Texas counties – Wise and Hood – join the current nine-county DFW “non-attainment” area for smog, or ozone pollution for purposes of trying to reach the new 75 parts per billion federal standard. In doing so, the EPA disagreed with the latest State of […]

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Yesterday the EPA sent Governor Perry a letter saying that it had rejected the state’s recommendation to keep the DFW non-attainment area for smog, or ozone pollution, restricted to the same nine counties, and instead will expand it to include Wise and Hood Counties. This is overdue good news. Wise County is where the pollution […]

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FW Weekly Reviews the State of DFW Air

by jim on December 7, 2011

With the Star-Telegram abandoning the idea of having an environmental reporter all together, and the de facto abandonment of environmental beat coverage at the Dallas Morning News, DFW residents are having to rely on the alternative weeklies to provide the kind of coverage they used to get in the dailies. This week, the Ft. Worth […]

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Among the many faux EPA outrages Big Business and House Republicans have fostered upon us, you may remember the meme that the feds were going to put thousands of hospitals and school boilers out of business with super strict new emission rules. In fact, the facilities most affected by the rules weren’t schools or hospitals. […]

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Arlington: Where Clean Air Plans Go To Die

by jim on December 1, 2011

Tuesday morning saw the last 2012 meeting of the North Texas Clean Air Steering Committee at the Council of Government’s HQ in Arlington. It was also the lowest point in DFW air quality planning in the last 20 years. On the agenda was a summary of the latest TCEQ clean air plan for DFW, the […]

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