EPA

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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      Only three months into the 2017 “ozone,” or smog, season, DFW has already recorded air pollution levels high enough to guarantee the region will remain in violation of the Clean Air Act for the 26th year in a row. The bad news? So far, we’ve had a pretty mild kick-off to “ozone […]

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At one point in mid-May, four out of eight days were “ozone alert days.” While only one of those was critically high, the wave of higher levels was enough to push the regional average over the current 75 parts per billion (ppb) standard for 2017. It will be the 26th year in a row the […]

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Not to be outdone by the Trump Administration’s attempted deconstruction of the Clean Air Act, the Texas House of Representatives voted in early April to take $20 million from the Air Quality Division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and spend it on an alternatives to abortion program. $20 million may not sound like much […]

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What: EPA Rollback of Smog Standards – and Everything Else Action: Submit Public Comments here ASAP   In accordance with Executive Order 13777, titled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” establishing a federal policy “to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens,” the Trump EPA is now seeking ways to “repeal, replacement, or modify” existing regulations. Among the most prominent targets are newly-implemented […]

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Somewhere deep in the cubicled bowels of the Region 6 EPA offices in downtown Dallas lies a draft of a letter to the State of Texas telling Austin it’s proposed clean air plan for DFW is inadequate and must be re-written. It likely goes through the litany of well-known public objections the EPA has about the […]

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  There's some commentary out there, including unfortunately from within the EPA itself, suggesting that a Trump administration can't undue much of the nation's environmental regulations, no matter how determined his appointees might be to do so; that things won't be as bad as you fear.  Don't buy it. It's exactly the kind of commentary that said Trump would […]

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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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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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  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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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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