September 2012

In case you haven't heard, there's a privately-funded organization that's come to Texas designed to put young people with in interest in environmental organizing out in the field to do good works while getting paid a small stipend. It's called Greencorps, and while it's 20 years old, this year is the first time any Greencorp […]

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How many times have you heard a local neighbor of a downwinder say something like, "I've lived here all my life and never once got sick from that stuff," even while the block they live on might be a cancer hotspot? There are lots of reasons for pollution not affecting everyne equally. One is the […]

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Last year's air quality death spiral in DFW was sometimes explained away as an anomaly because of the severe drought the entire state was going through. So what's the explanation this year? With yesterday's high ozone levels sending a 6th monitor into an exceedance of the old 1997 85 parts per billion smog standard, DFW […]

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Lead Exposure Linked to Gout

by jim on September 5, 2012

Since Downwinders was asked to help Frisco residents relocate a 50-year old lead smelter last year, there's been one study after another linking lead exposure to a variety of new health effects. This month it's gout. "Even relatively low levels of lead in the blood may be linked to an increased risk of gout, a […]

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One of the reasons it's so disheartening to have EPA rollback the deadline for new cement plant air toxics standards and gut the PM pollution provision of those standards is because of the large and fundamental shift in what's being burned is taking place within the industry. Downwinders across the country need the protection of […]

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In the middle of another bad North Texas ozone season, a new study by a Houston research consortium concludes that Barnett Shale natural gas facilities "significantly" raise smog levels in DFW, affecting air quality far downwind. According to the study, ozone impacts from gas industry pollution are so large, they'll likely keep North Texas from […]

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