July 2013

It's all over the place on the net, but just in case you missed it, it turns out that increasing the amount of Particulate Matter pollution results in more people getting killed or injured by that pollution. Shocking. Sources of PM pollution include your car, your local gas well operation, cement plants, and in this […]

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There have been times and places when Frisco's official municipal insularity has undoubtedly worked in its favor. It's focused, "go-our-own-way" style is probably a big reason why the city has carved such a high-profile niche among DFW suburbs. But the last two years of wrestling with the Exide lead smelter has revealed all of the […]

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Dallas-Ft. Worth is home to lots and lots of non-profits groups. But most are either large United Fund-size operations with sizable budgets, or run by folks who really don't need to get paid for their time. And almost none work with hardcore environmental or social change issues. Considering how large the region is, it's embarrassing […]

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(FRISCO)—Three new documents, including two reports paid for by the City of Frisco but never publicly released, confirm that the former Exide lead smelter is the source of battery chips and slag waste that line Stewart Creek from Frisco to Lake Lewisville, and concludes the smelter site remains a continuing source of contamination.   Samples […]

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Most of you probably are already aware that Josh Fox's follow-up to "Gasland" will be premiering on HBO Monday night. What you might not know about "Gasland II" is that it heavily features North Texas. Former DISH Mayor Calvin Tillman, Earthworks organizer Sharon Wilson, and Parker County resident Steve Lipsky are all in there, and […]

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Women living in high air pollution areas while pregnant are up to twice as likely to have a child with autism as those living in low pollution areas, according to a study released June 18 by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. "What you see is the mothers with the 20 percent least exposure […]

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Responding to a report last year that concluded the way EPA tests for harm from hormone-wrecking chemicals is out-of-date, the Agency itself published a review of its methodology last week that, not surprisingly, vindicated current practices. In its annual "State of the Science" report, the EPA said that non-linear effects from exposure to endocrine disrupters […]

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If this unseasonable cooler weather is making it seem like you're spending summer someplace other than DFW, it's also been the best "ozone season" in the region in seven years. In the month that just ended, we only had four monitors on four days that violated the new 75 parts per billion smog standard that […]

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Gets a lot of things right, but also leaves out a lot, like floodplains, air pollution, compressor stations, and full disclosure. The next City Plan Commission meeting on the drafting of the new ordinance is at 9 am,Thursday July 11th at Dallas City Hall in 5ES on the fifth floor. They're due to talk about […]

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