August 2012

Let's face it, the EPA legal team has taken a bunch of hits lately. Losses in court over the Texas Flex permitting plan and national cross state pollution rules, among others, have gotten lots of headlines, but for various reasons may not be as awful as they first sound to environmentalists. But there was a […]

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Via "Living on Earth" comes news of the electronic inventorying of all known chemical reactions for every chemical known to humankind that "can track the almost infinite number of possible chemical reactions to find the quickest, cheapest and most environmental safe ways to make things." The creators have nicknamed their effort a "chemical internet." "What […]

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A Diet You Can Breathe With

by jim on August 23, 2012

Last week it was fish oil that protected your lungs against the harm from breathing-in particulate matter, or soot, pollution. This week, it's Vitamin C that "may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from chronic lung diseases." "Researchers looked at London hospital patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), […]

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Maybe you've seen the headlines over the last couple of days. US Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions reached an historical 20 year low in the first quarter of 2012. The Federal Energy Administration attributed this decline to three factors: a mild winter, less travel, and gas-powered utility plants replacing coal-fired ones. Whereas coal was producing about […]

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Ever since smog was an issue in Texas starting in the last 1980's, the two largest metropolitan areas have been duking it out for worst air in the state. Houston was the undisputed champion for awhile, but as of the last couple of years, Dallas-Ft. Worth has been neck and neck, and last, year, even […]

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This is not your father's Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Spurred by recent studies in Germany and France that found children living near certain nuclear reactors were twice as likely to develop leukemia, NRC commissioners are considering undertaking one of the largest epidemiological studies ever considered, proposing to examine cancer rates of those living adjacent to or […]

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The rural Unita Basin in Utah has had some of the worst smog in the nation – in the middle of winter, with snow on the ground. That's not supposed to happen, but 10,000 gas wells, along with car and truck traffic combine to make it happen. A new $5 million study confirms that the […]

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What Makes Protests Effective?

by jim on August 22, 2012

"At their worst, protests and demonstrations are self-indulgent acts of personal and collective therapy, public tantrums of self-righteousness. Protests, devoid of a strong underlying organization, are bound to become self-fulfilling echo chambers. At their best, protests can be an important tactic, but only a tactic, as opposed to an effective strategy. Political and social change […]

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When it rains, it pours, or in this case, spews. After getting a favorable ruling that struck down the EPA's flexible permit system last week, Team Perry seemingly scored another victory for its friends with Tuesday's ruling against the cross-state pollution rule. Written by the Obama Administration to replace a similar Bush Administration rule that […]

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In 2009, when there was an EPA national hearing in DFW on the then-proposed cement plant air pollution rules, the mood was festive.  There was a brand new administration. There was a campaign for a brand new EPA regional chief from our own ranks gearing up. The brand new air pollution rules at the center […]

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Thanks Much.

by jim on August 18, 2012

Thanks to everyone who showed-up on Thursday. More on Monday, but this will give you a run down on who spoke.            

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WHAT: The Nation's Only Public Hearing on the EPA's Rollback of Cement Plant Air Pollution Standards WHEN: 9am to 7 pm Thursday, August 16th WHERE: Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram (Arlington)—Opponents of an EPA proposal to rollback new cement plant air pollution standards will incorporate a paper shredder into their comments at an all […]

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Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease are similar debilitating diseases of the digestive system which can include symptoms like severe abdominal pain and diarrhea. About a million and a half people in the US have the condition, which many researchers now believe to be linked to environmental causes. A Harvard Medical School study recently added to […]

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Industry’s Man in the White House

by jim on August 13, 2012

Not very many citizens realize the process that proposed environmental regulations have to go through in any administration in order to get out and published in he Federal Register in one piece. Not only does the regulation have to pass through the EPA's own cost-benefit analysis and survive various Congressional and court challenges, it must […]

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Via Chemical and Engineering News comes word that scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Trieste in Italy have developed a new low-temperature catalyst material that could remove methane emissions form vehicles as well as many different gas and oil field facilities. It would work the same way your car's catalytic converter […]

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The Nation's Only Public Hearing on the Weakening of Toxic Air Pollution Emission Standards for All U.S. Cement Plants Thursday August 16th 9 am to 7 pm Arlington City Hall 101 W. Abram We've been able to sign-up 50 speakers in less than a week for national hearing on short notice – Thank You   […]

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