Air Quality

Could DFW Death Records from October 2017 Show Correlation Between Mysterious Air Catastrophe and Suicides? A Hong Kong university study published in the upcoming March edition of Environment International concludes the risk of death for people with mental and behavioral disorders rises sharply on days when particulate matter and other kinds of air pollution reaches […]

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Public Health Economic Development Transportation Housing Childhood Development and Education Environmental Justice Crime __________ In the same way lead exposure was linked to lower IQ in children and anti-social behavior like crime, PM Pollution is now being linked to learning disabilities and juvenile delinquency. And in the same way public health mandated the removal of […]

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    Q: What caused PM and Ozone pollution to spike so high and fast on Oct 19th that health alerts had to be issued from Dallas to Denton? A: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality couldn’t care less. That’s the take-away from Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe’s story that appeared over the weekend in the Denton Record […]

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Downwinders at Risk is proud to announce we received a very generous $40,000 grant from the Dallas-based Simmons Sisters Fund in December to cover the costs of our “No Safe Level” PM pollution protection campaign for the next two years. This money will be going to buy both portable and stationary PM pollution monitors, educational […]

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The first study to look at the effects of PM pollution exposure on the social behavior of children found that that the more bad air a child inhaled, the more likely they were to engage in delinquent activity. Published in December’s Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology by researchers at UCLA, UC Irvine, and Orebro University […]

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The RamCrete Batch Plant at the corner of Marilla and Commerce in West Dallas has been so poorly run that last fall the Dallas City Planning Commission took the unusual step of overruling staff recommendations and voted to close the facility down: lock, stock and particulate matter.  RamCrete’s operators are appealing that shut-down decision to […]

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By all rights, there shouldn’t be a Downwinders at Risk around anymore. The life expectancy of a local grassroots group rising up to fight a bad permit is a couple of years if you’re lucky, twice that if you’re extremely lucky. We’re beginning our 23rd year. Throughout that time, we’ve ridden our share of organizational […]

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Toxic Particulate Matter – “PM” – is the New Lead PM is the scientific name for industrial soot. It comes from burning things. Wood. Gasoline. Diesel. Coal. Waste. Everything that depends on on burning something, produces Particulate Matter: cars, trucks, buses, locomotives, boilers, furnaces, kilns, etc. PM pollution is tiny. It’s much smaller than nature’s […]

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Not quite two weeks ago, on Thursday October 19th, something happened to throw local air quality conditions into the red zone for most of the day. There was a inexplicable smokey haze extending along the limestone escarpment from Midlothian to Dallas and then north to Denton, sending Particulate Matter pollution soaring to Beijing levels and ozone […]

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Brown, Big: 1971-2018

by jim on October 15, 2017

After years of declining fiscal health, the Big Brown lignite coal plant finally succumbed last Friday.  An announcement was made by its most recent caretaker, Vistra Energy last Friday morning. The cause of death was obsolescence. It was 47. Controversial from its birth, the 1. 2 Gigawatt Big Brown lived up to its name and was Texas […]

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Announcing Downwinders 3.0

by jim on September 9, 2017

Downwinders is Regrouping, Renewing, and Regenerating. Almost half our new board is under 30. We have a new scientist. We have a new focus. Now we need you. Many of you are aware of the time and effort Downwinders at Risk put into the unprecedented UNT Ozone Study which brought DFW elected officials and local atmospheric researchers […]

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Most of us are used to hearing about the traditional physical ailments caused by breathing poisoned air, and even about the more recently-connected neurological impacts. But a new Swedish study is the first time we’ve seen a report linking air pollution to mental illness in children. The new research, peer reviewed and published by the journal BMJ Open, found that relatively small […]

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If you missed our “Science and Socializing” series of roll-out events for the DFW Air Research Consortium in June, you have a chance to catch the show again on Thursday September 7th when the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods is using its September monthly meeting to host a repeat performance.  Dr. David Sterling and Graduate Assistant […]

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Meet Our New Scientist

by jim on August 30, 2017

Downwinders’ Wise County Ozone Project Gets A Director Downwinders at Risk is proud to announce Kari Northeim, a doctoral student in Environmental Sciences at the University of North Texas, has agreed to become our Wise County Ozone Project Director. Kari brings an impressive resume and a rigorous level of scientific methodology to the use of our two new EPA-calibrated […]

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Anti-Litter Group “Keep America Beautiful” Teams-Up with Dow and Hefty to Burn Plastic Bags Full of Plastic Garbage in Cement Kilns  And They Want To Do It Here…   We’ve been warning you for a while that garbage burning was coming to North Texas one way or another. What we didn’t anticipate was that “Keep America Beautiful” […]

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And Now a Word From NOT our Sponsor

by jim on July 15, 2017

A note of explanation: There are two meetings next week in DFW concerning the large and complicated Volkswagen legal settlement over the company’s lying about the air pollution its diesel vehicles emit. Each state, as well as about 20 counties in Texas, are looking to score millions for various reasons and programs. The two DFW meetings are sponsored by Public […]

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