July 2012

Reminder

by jim on July 31, 2012

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The Cumulative Impacts Project

by jim on July 31, 2012

A major flaw in the official government risk assessment process that guides the awarding of new air pollution permits is the lack of accounting for the "cumulative impacts" and interactions in the human body of of multiple sources of pollution and the multiple chemicals in that pollution. To take the example form the previous post […]

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Last week five groups, including Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, EarthJustice, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance sued the EPA for not classifying the Uintah Basin as a "non-attainment area" for the new federal ozone standard despite having plenty of evidence that the gas mining region is routinely experiencing some of the worst smog […]

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Just last week we mentioned that one of the chemicals to look out for in burning plastics was phthalates – a class of widely-used chemicals that make plastic more plastic, i.e. more flexible. Phthalates are used in perfumes, cosmetics, and lots of household items made with Polyvinyl Chloride. This is how the stuff ends up […]

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The New York Times publishes a Mea Culpa from the guy whose statments climate change deniers held up as a definitive challenge to the phenomena. Now, they'll probably stop doing that, assuming they make it through his new conclusioins.

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…is Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Corporation, a "recycling" operation in Freeport on the coast where magma-spewing smokestacks are just business as usual. As chronicled by the Texas Observer's  Forrest Wilder, it's also a case study on why the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is an inadequate enforcer of the law. Not for the faint of […]

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We Need Your Help on Wednesday

by jim on July 30, 2012

Dallas is writing a new gas drilling ordinance. As part of this new set of rules, we have a chance to win the nation's first "off-sets" program for air pollution from gas drilling and processing. Off-sets would require gas operators to pay for decreasing as much greenhouse gas air pollution as they're estimated to emit […]

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Via the Digital Journal, and Flickr here's a good sampling to give you a taste if you weren't there.

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We want to extend a big ol' thank you to all those Barnett Shale residents who are in our nation's capital right now getting ready to attend the largest national rally on fracking ever held in the US. Former DISH Mayor Calvin Tillman, Earthworks' Sharon Wilson, former Decatur resident and gas victim Tim Ruggiero, are […]

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It's getting down to it. Whether Dallas resident or downwind, be there or get fracked.

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Many folks in the DFW environmental community think the battle over "flow control" at the McCommas Bluff landfill in Dallas is merely a prelude the the bigger goal of locating a large "materials recovery" operation there that will include a waste-to-energy power plant that can generate cash for City Hall as well as electricity. Once […]

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  If you're a Dallas resident and you want to find out more about the kinds of new facilities that might be located near you if gas drilling is allowed in your city per the new ordinance the Council is debating on August 1st, here's a item of interest from West Virginia, where operators are […]

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In a letter sent Tuesday, ten grassroots and national groups from across the country, including Downwinders at Risk, joined together to call on EPA to schedule a public hearing in Dallas-Ft. Worth on its proposed rollback of cement plant emission rules. In publishing the revised rules in the Federal Register last week, EPA proposed only […]

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Smog Update: On the Brink

by jim on July 23, 2012

Strong winds are usually among the most efficient smog-stoppers DFW has. Despite this last week's record-setting heat wave, ozone levels didn't go crazy like they did in June because the winds kept blowing. Only the Rockwall monitor recorded an "exceedance" of the 1997 85 parts per billion ozone standard on Saturday, it's first of the […]

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  In 2008, the EPA issued a new lead-in-air standard for all U.S. lead smelters. In 2011, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality finaly submitted its first proposed plan to meet that new standard in Frisco, Texas, host of the Exide lead smelter. It was rejected as inadequate by EPA on the same day it […]

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In an election year, apparently no environmental initiative is safe from the Obama White House. You may have missed this because it was one of those late Friday government announcments that officials like to use to bury bad news, but the EPA is going to consider softening those much-ballyhooed coal plant Mercury emissions rules that […]

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