Air Plan

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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Don't look now, but Michael ("never met a freeway proposal I didn't like") Morris, the long-time Director of Transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, has gotten a case of the Vapors.  Was it some new threat to the Trinity Tollroad that sent Mr. Morris into a tizzy? Some "regional mobility" crisis? No, nothing as small-minded as […]

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When Was the Last Time you Saw This?

by jim on February 11, 2016

Can you even remember the last time you received a DFW political mailer that spoke about the value of air that won't make you sick or kill you, much less a whole piece devoted to the subject? Neither can we. That's what makes this mailer from incumbent Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel so welcome.  In […]

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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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Those were not your father's treehuggers that showed up in Arlington last night. Over 100 people, including 36 speakers over three hours, provided perhaps the angriest, and certainly the most profanity-laced evening of testimony ever heard in the two-decade history of state public hearings on DFW's dirty air. It's as if frustration over the last […]

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Public Hearing 6:30 pm Thursday   January 21st 616 Six Flags Drive Arlington  (near I-30 and Hwy 360 – map) – First come, first serve to speak (no reserved time) – 3-5 minutes speaking time  – Talking Points here if you need them – NEW! Sierra Club Event at 6 pm out front   How […]

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Public Hearing on DFW Air        Thursday, January 21st 6:30 616 Six Flags Road in Arlington (Map)   If you're fighting fracking in your North Texas community, you have few options these days. The State of Texas is not only very not interested in hearing about fracking problems, it just passed a law that makes it illegal for your […]

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Public Hearing 6:30 pm Thursday   January 21st 616 Six Flags Drive Arlington  When polluters cut smog pollution, they cut a lot of other kinds of pollution as well, including climate-damaging gases like CO2 and methane. Hundreds of thousands of tons of this kind of pollution could be eliminated in the next air plan for […]

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JOIN OUR TAG TEAM EFFORT TO TAKE DOWN THE STATE OF TEXAS BUT WATCH OUT – THEY PLAY DIRTY NEXT THURSDAY EVENING JANUARY 21st 6:30 PM 616 Six Flags Road First Floor HQ of the North Central Texas Council of Governments There's an important bureaucratic cage match between EPA and the State over how clean […]

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As you might have already heard, last week the EPA announced it was rejecting Texas' proposed rapid-response,140-year plan for restoring air quality and visibility in National Parks affected by pollution from the state's largest industrial facilities, primarily coal-fired power plants, aka, "the haze rule." Instead, the EPA decided to implement its own, slightly more decisive […]

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“Help Us. We Live in Texas.”

by jim on December 9, 2015

(Dallas)— “Help Us: We Live in Texas.” That’s the plea of a video released today by a local clean air group claiming the state has so intentionally sabotaged Dallas-Fort Worth anti-smog efforts that residents now need EPA to take over the job. “Texas is as likely to enforce the Clean Air Act in 2015 as […]

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(Dallas)— “Help Us: We Live in Texas.” That’s the plea of a video released today by a local clean air group claiming the state has so intentionally sabotaged Dallas-Fort Worth anti-smog efforts that residents now need EPA to take over the job. “Texas is as likely to enforce the Clean Air Act in 2015 as […]

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