February 2012

  Pursuant with its historicJanuary 17th vote to reject the Exide lead smelter's "vested rights" petition and require the facility to get a Special Use Permit, the machinery at Frisco City Hall continues to grind out a path toward eventual amortization, or forced self-buy-out, of the smelter, located in the center of town. On Tuesday evening at […]

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Toxic in a California Landfill = Safe in Your Texas Lungs

by Downwinders on February 10, 2012

Via the NYT, we again revisit California’scrackdown on auto shredders and the toxic waste they generate that’s creating headaches for regulators. Auto shredders strip a vehicles of all of its non-steel, non-frame parts, send the frame off for scrap metal, and grind everything else into bits and pieces containing chemicals from Vinyl Chloride to Mercury to Lead […]

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California Heavy Metal

by Downwinders on February 8, 2012

In an excellent follow-up to its “Poisoned Places” series, the Center for Investigative Reporting focuses on a Lehigh cement plant in Tehachapi California that has seenits Mercury emissions skyrocket from just over 100 pounds a year to 872 pounds in 2010 – the most of any cement plant in the Golden Gate state and the second-highest among all […]

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Denver Has A Gas Problem – Will Dallas?

by Downwinders on February 8, 2012

Via the journal Nature comes news that air sampling in the natural gas fields north of Denver have shown gas operators losing approximately 4% of their product to the atmosphere — not including additional losses in the pipeline and distribution system.  That’s more than either industry claims or government emissions inventories report. “If we want […]

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Gas Wells

by Downwinders on February 5, 2012

Via the Westchester Gazette in Grand Prairie, this is a GIS map of the pads and gas wells covering intersection of Tarrant, Denton and Wise Counties. It could also be Dallas’ future. There are only two more meetings of the Dallas Gas Drilling Task Force before the group issues its recommendations to the City Council […]

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