April 2012

Dr. Al Resigns

by jim on April 30, 2012

We learned this morning  that Dr. Al Armendariz has resigned as EPA Region 6 Administrator. He made the decision himself, because he believed it was best for the causes that he continues to serve. Reportedly, EPA Administrator Jackson wanted to keep fighting, but Dr. Al said no, he didn’t want an investigation by the likes […]

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More of This Please

by jim on April 27, 2012

“Ms. Jackson:  When I heard Dr. Armendariz was being attacked again, I wanted to write to tell you how important he is to so many of us who are living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  We are a non-attainment area as you know.  We breathe dirty air.  We’re in the midst of a drought and […]

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We’ve heard that the gas industry lobbyists hanging out at Dallas City Hall are seriously advocating reducing the mandatory distance between gas drilling wells and neighborhoods, from the recommended 500-1000 feet down to only 300 feet – the length of a football field. Citizens have noted all kinds of reasons why that’s way too close, […]

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Irony isn’t dead. But even it has to sit down and self-medicate when the Portland Cement Association rolls out it annual “Environment and Energy Awards.” This year’s winners include the CEMEX Louisville Kentucky plant (27,000 pounds of toxic releases in 2010) for its substitution of a a pug screw for the more traditional pug mill, Titan’s […]

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This annual effort was released this week and relies on data from 2008, 2009, and 2010. In other words, it does not include last summer’s horrific ozone season, the worst in five years, and the one that had Dallas taking away the title of worst air in Texas from Houston. Even without those numbers, air […]

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How controversial is it to want to make examples out of bad actors? If you’re a judge or a prosecutor, you’re often applauded for going after repeat offenders in a way that will send a very strong signal to others who might be doing the same thing or contemplating it. But if you’re an EPA […]

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Cancer

by jim on April 26, 2012

Another Reason Why 1000 Feet Isn't Far Enough Thursday, April 26, 2012 We've heard that the gas industry lobbyists hanging out at Dallas City Hall are seriously advocating reducing the mandatory distance between gas drilling wells and neighborhoods, from the recommended 500-1000 feet down to only 300 feet – the length of a football field. Citizens have […]

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Breast Cancer

by jim on April 20, 2012

That Didn't Take Long: Exide Amortization Hearing Scheduled for June 18th Friday, April 20, 2012 Sometimes officials can only see the light after they feel the heat. Less than 48 hours after anew map showing 50-years of lead fallout from the Exide lead smelter was sent to over 30,000 Frisco households, and less than 12 hours after a news release made […]

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Birth Defects

by jim on April 20, 2012

That Didn't Take Long: Exide Amortization Hearing Scheduled for June 18th Friday, April 20, 2012 Sometimes officials can only see the light after they feel the heat. Less than 48 hours after anew map showing 50-years of lead fallout from the Exide lead smelter was sent to over 30,000 Frisco households, and less than 12 hours after a news release made […]

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Frisco Fallout: 300,000 Pounds of Lead

by jim on April 19, 2012

  Frisco Unleaded is unveiling this latest graphic showing of Exide's legacy of lead via mailers going to 33,000 Frisco households this week. Read the archived release here. 

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Speakers Line-up for Earth Day Dallas

by jim on April 16, 2012

One of the thrills of last year’s Earth Day Dallas extravaganza was being able to sit across the table from Earth Day co-founder former Congressman Pete McCloskey and have a regular chat with a legend. This year’s shindig at Fair Park doesn’t offer the same kind of historical insight, but it does give you an […]

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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 recession/depression […]

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It’s behind the paywall, but the Morning News and Randy Lee Loftis commit real journalism today in the form of anarticle on the dangers of Particulate Matter pollution, even at so-called “moderate” levels. It’s based on two recent studies, inlcuding one we profiled here last week, but then does the right thing by localizing what the […]

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This map is a layout of the Billingsley-City of Dallas joint “eco-development” by the name of “Cypress Waters” taking shape on North Lake in Northwestern Dallas. The same one the Dallas Morning News wrote about today. Only they didn’t include this perspective of the development – the master plan for the development. Maybe because it […]

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For the second time in a row, the “Real Estate Writer” for the Dallas Morning News has written a feature article about a nice, new expensive development where there are gas leases and permits already being requested, and yet failed to mention anything about those pesky gas wells. From what we can tell, the Real […]

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Via the Texas Tribune, we see where former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chairman Buddy Garcia has been appointed by Governor Perry to fill the seat on the misnomered Railroad Commission vacated by Eizabeth Ames Jones, who’s running for a state Senate seat in South Texas. In his time with TCEQ Garcia distinguished himself by, […]

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