EPA

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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Dallas County Commissioners' vote on sending state air plan back to Austin: This Tuesday, May 3rd, 9 am   411 Elm Downtown Dallas    First air quality vote of 2016 Come help us thank local officials for standing up to the state   This next Tuesday, May 3rd, the Dallas County Commissioners Court will hold an historic vote. Commissioners will […]

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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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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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