air toxics

Dow, Hefty and Keep America Clean’s proposal to burn plastics via bright orange “energy bags” in cement kilns is new but the idea of using kilns as industrial kitchen dispose-alls is not. DFW has been identified as a national waste disposal destination because of its cement plants since at least the mid 1980’s. And as […]

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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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Pics from Our “Meet the Drones” Mixer

by jim on October 17, 2016

Here's the link to some pictures of our October 6th "Meet the Drones" Mixer featuring the squadron from University of Texas at Dallas.  Thanks to TCU's Dr. Mike Slattery for hosting the public debut of our North Texas CLEAN Air Force – an exciting new effort combining citizen know-how with academic expertise to better help us identify DFW air pollution […]

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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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There are no shortages of studies linking bad air with birth defects and premature births. But until now no one has taken on the task of trying to add up the national toll in both lives and money. In a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives on Tuesday, UCLA researchers estimated that almost 16,000 premature births across the […]

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Long term exposure to small particulate pollution from combustion sources, specifically coal-fired power plants, is up to five time more likely to kill you through heart damage than other forms of natural or human-made "PM." That's the conclusion of new comprehensive study comparing risks from breathing-in the tiniest specs of soot from combustion sources for […]

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What: “The Future of Fighting Fracking in Texas” When: 7-9 pm Thursday, November 5th Where: Historic Texas Theater in Oak Cliff, 231 West Jefferson Who: Regional and Statewide Activists, Attorneys and Organizers (Dallas)— A new alliance of groups fighting for more protective fracking regulation in Texas is using a Dallas environmental conference to host the […]

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Hot off the presses, the EPA published notice in this morning's Federal Register that Dallas will be the site of one of only three national public hearings the Agency is hosting concerning its proposed rules designed to reduce methane emissions at new oil and gas indusry facilities. On September 23rd, from 9 am until 8 […]

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Despite all the gnashing of teeth by industry and hallelujah choruses from the Big Green groups, the new methane rules proposed by the Obama Administration this last week have no immediate impact on facts on the ground in the Barnett Shale. That’s because, like the recent coal CO2 rules, they regulate future facilities, not the […]

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By this point, most of you will have been inundated with opinions and factoids about what President Obama's new "Clean Power Plan" will and won't do about climate change. Bottom Line: while it sets a precedent and an emissions floor for the largest sources of CO2, it does so in a way which turns out […]

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It was just two months ago we featured the results of a study out of Boston that linked exposure to Particulate Matter, or PM pollution to brain aging and increased risk of dementia. Before that, we highlighted studies linking PM to autism and Parkinson-like symptoms. Now comes one more long-term, peer-reviewed report that connects ambient […]

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People living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to toxic air pollution at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure. That's the conclusion of a new study performed by scientists from Oregon State University and the University of Cincinnati, published in the March 26th edition of […]

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Mercifully, the 2015 Texas Legislative Session is almost over. Since January we've seen cities stripped of their traditional zoning power over oil and gas facilities, citizens' ability to challenge new pollution permits further suppressed, and renewable energy sources singled-out for financial punishment. But the circus leaves town on June 1, and shortly after that Downwinders […]

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Although it was first published last July, news of a new Spanish epidemiological study of residents living in proximity to cement plants has just now reached us.  Done by the the same researchers responsible for a 2012 study that found statistically significant increases in all cancers around waste incineration and auto scrap metal operation, this […]

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There was at least one truth uttered by Steve Everley, the professional PR spokesperson for Energy in Depth, itself the PR arm of the Gas Industry, during his testimony at last Thursday's EPA ozone standard hearing in Arlington: "…natural gas producers will be significantly impacted by EPA’s proposal to reduce the National Ambient Air Quality […]

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A Woman of Substance: Theo Colborn 1927-2014

by jim on December 17, 2014

Sad news came on Sunday that Dr. Theo Colborn had died at the age of 87.  F. Scott Fitzgerald said there are no second acts in American lives, but he said that well before the woman's movement of the 1970's flourished and allowed an entire generation to experience one. Dr. Colborn's second act just happened to […]

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