Air Quality

By now you might have heard about the new fracking waste injection well being sought by BlueStone Corporation on the shores of Lake Arlington, the source of drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Arlington residents as well as the cities of Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, and North Richland Hills. You may know it’s being […]

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You've probably have never heard of the EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee but if you live in DFW or another "non-attainment" area for smog, you are governed by its judgment about what does, or does not, constitute a "safe" level of exposure to smog.  The mission of the Committee is to periodically review the latest scientific […]

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Holcim is the first cement plant in the nation to voluntarily install an industrial catalytic converter called SCR on its smokestack, significantly cutting smog-forming air pollution in DFW.  But despite operating only 26 miles from EPA headquarters, the Agency and State of Texas still claim the technology isn't "feasible"     Downwinders is proud to announce Midlothian's Holcim […]

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“Meet the Drones” Mixer Oct 6th

by jim on September 13, 2016

​Thursday, October 6th  5:00 to 6:30 pm TCU Alumni Center 2820 Stadium Dr Fort Worth Have a bite to eat, a drink, and stroll amongst the drones we're assembling for our North Texas Clean Air Force. Representatives from the University of Texas at Dallas will be displaying their fleet of fixed-wing and rotor copter drones. TCU, UTA, UNT and the […]

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State Representative Chris Turner, whose District 101 spans west Grand Prairie and east Arlington between Dallas and Fort Worth became the first state elected official to urge EPA to reject the current state anti-smog plan for DFW and substitute one of its own.  In a letter to EPA Chief Gina McCarthy, Turner used language echoing the sentiments of US […]

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There's no better symbol of the anachronism that is Texas state government than the ineptly named Railroad Commission, or RRC. It has nothing to do with choo-choos, and everything to do with the State's oil and gas legacy.  Or is it misnamed? Its innocuous title keeps it off a lot of citizens' radar screens while going about its […]

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It's only July, but midway through its second year, we already know the state's air "plan" for DFW has once again failed to obtain compliance with the current 75 parts per billion ozone standard. Last year the regional peak went from 80 to 81 ppb based on a rolling three-year average of readings from the Denton monitor. Even […]

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(Half of these people represent industry. Half are environmentalists. Can't tell which ones? That's a good thing.) Should a bag of concrete be like an organic banana or a new chair made out of recycled wood and get "certified" as being responsibly-sourced, or "sustainable?" And if so, what's the criteria for making such a judgment, and who's making it? Those are the complicated questions […]

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Was it something in the air? Or maybe your emails in their mailboxes? Sandy Greyson, supported by a citizens army, pulled off the unthinkable and delivered a rousing 15-0 endorsement from the Dallas City Council for her resolution calling for a better smog clean-up plan for DFW than the one the state is currently pursuing.  Despite last-minute objections from […]

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Rally in Support of Clean Air  Tomorrow- Wednesday, June 15 9:30 AM   City Hall flag Room  5th floor at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla  Speakers Include:  Lon Burnam, Former Texas State Representative Ronnie Mestas, President of West Dallas One Sonja Cooper and Adenike Higgins, asthma patients Cherelle Blazer, Sierra Club Beyond Coal   If DFW is to have […]

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Only 48 hours after the single worst day for DFW smog since 2013, coal plant operator Luminant reportedly began a lobbying campaign to scuttle Sandy Greyson's Dallas city council clean air resolution requesting a better anti-smog plan.  As a result, Item #12 “A resolution authorizing the City of Dallas to communicate its positions and requests regarding […]

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Yesterday was the single worst day for DFW smog in the last three years. Seven monitoring sites stretching from central Dallas to Weatherford saw hourly averages of 90+ parts per billion. Three sites in Arlington, Northwest Fort Worth and Keller saw levels reach 100 + ppb. Two of those sites saw hourly levels climb to 113 ppb. […]

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  SEND A "CLICK N SEND" EMAIL TO ALL 15 DALLAS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS URGING THEM TO VOTE FOR CLEANER AIR IN JUNE By a vote of 5 to 1 the City of Dallas moved closer to joining Dallas County in repudiating the State's do-nothing DFW clean air plan and demanding something better. It was the second vote […]

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Small stuff adds up. Thousands of gas wells, pipelines, storage tanks, compressors, and other pieces of infrastructure in oil and gas patches, which individually don't emit the huge volumes of air pollution coming from a single cement kiln or a coal plant can, when combined, easily total tonnage larger than both.  And that's what has happened in DFW over […]

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GET OUT OF YOUR RUT AND JOIN THE FIGHT! MONDAY, MAY 23rd  9am  Dallas City Hall  1500 Marilla   Downtown Dallas Room 6ES (6th Floor, South)  Dallas City Council's Quality of Life Committee Considers/Votes on the DFW AIR QUALITY RESOLUTION    WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th 7:30 am – 10 am Morton Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora Downtown Dallas EXXON – MOBIL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING   […]

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By a vote of 3 to 2 this morning Dallas County became the first local government in DFW to take a stance rejecting the state-sponsored anti-smog plan for the area, and ask EPA for help in writing a new one that might actually produce cleaner air.  At stake is the last comprehensive chance to address chronic smog in […]

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