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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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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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Want the Coal Plants to Face the Kind of Regulation  They've Been Avoiding for Decades?  Click here and send a formal comment letter demanding the coal plants be included in the new DFW non-attainment area for smog.    Even as we're all waiting to see what EPA decides to do about the current Texas air plan […]

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There's been a lot of activity lately on the many-fronted war the State of Texas is conducting against the Clean Air Act. What about a brief status report: 1) Mercury Rules Thursday's headline was that Supreme Court Justice Roberts denied the attempt by Texas and 18 other states to delay the implementation of EPA's new, more protective limits on […]

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How to Outflank HB40 in the Barnett Shale

by jim on February 29, 2016

Last week, the EPA made an important admission.  "Methane emissions from the oil and gas industry are significantly higher than previous official estimates, according to draft revisions of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions inventory released Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. At 9.3 million metric tons, revised estimates of 2013 emissions are 27% percent higher than the […]

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When Was the Last Time you Saw This?

by jim on February 11, 2016

Can you even remember the last time you received a DFW political mailer that spoke about the value of air that won't make you sick or kill you, much less a whole piece devoted to the subject? Neither can we. That's what makes this mailer from incumbent Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel so welcome.  In […]

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This plan won't work. That's the simple message from the three pages of new comments Region 6 EPA staff submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last month concerning its anti-smog plan for DFW. That message begins with the cover letter, written by Mary Stanton, Chief of the State Implementation Plan Section for Region […]

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Those were not your father's treehuggers that showed up in Arlington last night. Over 100 people, including 36 speakers over three hours, provided perhaps the angriest, and certainly the most profanity-laced evening of testimony ever heard in the two-decade history of state public hearings on DFW's dirty air. It's as if frustration over the last […]

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Public Hearing 6:30 pm Thursday   January 21st 616 Six Flags Drive Arlington  When polluters cut smog pollution, they cut a lot of other kinds of pollution as well, including climate-damaging gases like CO2 and methane. Hundreds of thousands of tons of this kind of pollution could be eliminated in the next air plan for […]

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As you might have already heard, last week the EPA announced it was rejecting Texas' proposed rapid-response,140-year plan for restoring air quality and visibility in National Parks affected by pollution from the state's largest industrial facilities, primarily coal-fired power plants, aka, "the haze rule." Instead, the EPA decided to implement its own, slightly more decisive […]

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“Help Us. We Live in Texas.”

by jim on December 9, 2015

(Dallas)— “Help Us: We Live in Texas.” That’s the plea of a video released today by a local clean air group claiming the state has so intentionally sabotaged Dallas-Fort Worth anti-smog efforts that residents now need EPA to take over the job. “Texas is as likely to enforce the Clean Air Act in 2015 as […]

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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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State officials and industry PR types thought they'd caught a break last summer when two things produced a much lower annual smog average, called a "Design Value."  Since it's a three-year rolling average of smog numbers, past years roll off as new ones come on. Smog numbers from 2011 that had been so high they'd […]

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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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