August 2012

The Day After

by jim on August 10, 2012

The winds found DFW again on Thursday night around 8 pm or we might have seen triple digit ozone concentrations up until the late news came on. 10 monitors recorded numbers that were among their four highest readings of the year. 9 recorded exceedances for the 1997 85 parts per billion ozone standard. Rockwall had […]

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How to Reserve Your 5-Minute Speaking Slot on the 16th: -Mail the EPA's Pam Garrett at garrett.pamela@epa.gov or call her at (919) 541-7966 Tell her what time you want to speak – morning, afternoon, or evening. They'll assign you a specific time so you don't have to wait.  

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6:00 pm Update: Rockwell hasn't hit 125 ppb yet, but it's hovered in the "red" high teens for three hours according to the latest update from TCEQ, which only goes up to 4 pm. Frisco, Arlington Airport and the old Redbird Airport monitors still seem likely to have their fourth and so, official violation the […]

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Just last week we were posting about the cumulative impacts of air pollution that are never taken into account by EPA risk assement. Now a new University of North Carolina study concludes that the toxic soup of chemicals and particulates found in many metropolitan areas is more harmful to human health than a common test […]

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What were we saying about smog problems marching east with the gas drilling? Yesterday's dirty air left the Dallas North site – south, and downwind of LBJ's mess – with its fourth exceedance of the 1997 85 parts per billion (ppb) ozone standard. That means it's an official violation of that standard since every monitor […]

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Environmentalists are angry at EPA for giving the public less than two weeks notice prior to the nation's only hearing on a rollback of new air pollution rules for cement plants that the agency says could save thousands of lives annually, including many in DFW. On Friday, EPA announced an August 16th public hearing at […]

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That's James Hansen and other researchers' conclusion after looking at the past 60 years of thermometer readings from Mother Earth. They use last year's $5 billion drought here in Texas as a vivid example of the kind of thing that used to be rare, but no longer is, and they lay the blame squarely on […]

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A huge national law firm that the State of Texas has hired to represent it in various facets of its anti-EPA jihad has taken the rhetoric of the recent Supreme Court decision and is now attempting to apply it to federal environmental mandates. According to an Energy and Environment article from last week, "The focus […]

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Lungs Like Fish Oil

by jim on August 5, 2012

A new study shows that regular use of fish oi supplements in a person's diet can protect against the harms associated with Particulate Matter (PM) pollution. "Twenty-nine people aged 50 to 72 took either olive oil or fish oil supplements for a month and then breathed concentrated outdoor air that contained extremely high levels of […]

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Dr. Al Breaks His Silence

by jim on August 5, 2012

After over three months of not saying much about the circumstances of his resignation as EPA Region 6 Administrator, Dr. Al Armendariz used the online Texas Tribune for his coming-out this last week. He's joined the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign as its southwest director. "I have a small handful of objectives. The first is […]

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Yesterday's Dallas City Council briefing on a new gas drilling ordinance was supposed to be a showdown between dueling spokespeople for pro and anti-fracking arguments. And it did provide lots of memorable exchanges and statements. But the most dramatic moment of the day came courtesy of the audience itself. Dallas municipal law attorney Terry Welch […]

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According to a chain of e-mails published by the Dallas Observer, some industry supporters who were members of the Dallas Gas Drilling Task Force – the very same members who helped engineer the rollback of protections at the very last meeting without any opportunity for public comment – are all in a tizzy over council […]

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Another example of the insidious nature of endocrine disrupting chemicals is out. This week saw the publication of a study from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland that shows an association between women with higher levels of a estrogen-mimicking pesticide and increased incidence of endometriosis. Women were […]

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