May 2012

Pollution Makes you Fat

by jim on May 10, 2012

Prenatal exposure to high levels of air pollution double the likelihood of children becoming obese in a new study by Columbia University's School of Public Health released last week. Its one of the first reports to definitively link chemical pollutants to weight gain. Pregnant women who lived in areas where they were exposed to abnormal […]

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Dallas Residents at Risk is taking its road show on fracking and the City's new gas drilling ordinance to southwest Dallas this Tuesday night,May 8th beginning at 7pm at the Harmony School, 8120 West Camp Wisdom Road. Along with northwest Dallas and West Dsllas, Mountain Creek is the site of some of the densest gas […]

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The Armendariz Resignation Timeline

by jim on May 7, 2012

It's been a week since Dr. Armendariz resigned as Region 6 EPA Administrator.  Here's the best timeline of the events leading up to that tragedy.

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Downwinders' affiliate Frisco Unleaded is having a public meet and greet tonight beginning at 7 pm in a back room at Matitto's on the Square in Frisco. It's the group's first public meeting since it sent out thousands of mailers to Frisco households about the dangers of continuing to let the Exide lead smelter operate […]

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(NOTE ON GRAPHICS: Pie chart on the right  hand side is from 2012 estimates from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as part of the DFW State Implmentation Plan submitted to EPA in December 2011. Pie chart on the left hand side is from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for 2009 and still being […]

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In today's New York Times, columnist Nicolas Kristof writes extensively about the threat of endocrine disruptors – those chemicals that, instead of killing you outright, do strange and horrible things to your hormones and reproductive systems like genital deformities, breast cancer, infertility, diabetes and even obesity. Endocrine disruptors are everywhere, in food, cosmetics, even the […]

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First, if you haven't read our updated post below, please notice the correction to Tuesday's initial story. DFW's "Moderate" classification by EPA under the new 75 ppb ozone/smog standard is actually a more serious ranking than Houston's "Marginal" ranking. In fact, areas with Marginal status are expected to be able to achieve the standard without […]

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A previous edition of this post defined Houston's EPA rank of "Marginal" has being more sever than DFW's EPA rank of "Moderate." This was a mistake. In fact, it's just the opposite. "Moderate" is more severe under EPA's ranking than "Marginal." We regret the error. Thanks to a reader for pointing it out.)……….At around closing […]

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012 The Dallas City Council will be getting a briefing by members of the Dallas gas drilling task force about its controversial recommendations at the May 16th council briefing meeting. Things begin at 9am and take place in the Council Chambers on the 6th floor of City Hall. Besides getting a summary […]

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At around closing time came news that the EPA had finalized the boundaries of the new “non-attainment area” for smog in North Texas that corresponds to enforcement of the “new” 75 ppb ozone standard approved last year. The 9 counties that were already in violation of the older standard are still there: Collin, Dallas, Denton, […]

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Dallas Residents at Risk’s road show on fracking in Dallas continues its tour with a stop at 7pm Thursday night, May 3rd, at the North Hills Prep School at 606 E Royal (near L.B. Houston Golf Course and the now famous drilling pad-in-a-park endorsed by none other than the President of the Dallas Parks and […]

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1, 2, 3 Many Dr Als

by jim on May 2, 2012

What made it possible for someone like Dr. Armendariz to become a Regional Administrator? Years of experience as an environmental engineer? Check. Desire? Check. But also opportunity. Before Downwinders selected him to be our scientist to help enforce the Holcim Cement settlement, he’d never done work for a grassroots group in DFW. He was a […]

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That’s the word according to at least one EPA Region 6 employee. No reports yet on what kind of pep talk she gave the staff after just witnessing the four-day public lynching of their former boss, but one wonders whether she might be handicapped by her tepid response. Despite internal assertions that she wanted Dr. […]

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