Air Quality

Increases Predicted in Air Pollution, including 100 more tons of PM a Year Holcim Cement’s Midlothian cement plant has requested a permit application to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to release an additional 2700 tons per year of Carbon Monoxide and burn 100% Petroleum Coke in its Kiln #2. Holcim estimates these change will […]

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Thanks to two industrious board members, Downwinders at Risk has partnered with Dallas Independent School Districts’ Kids University in a six-week summer program to immerse middle school students in citizen science and air quality. Our “STEAM Ahead” series features approximately fourteen young researchers using Downwinders’ inventory of portable air quality monitors to collect data along […]

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Downwinders at Risk is excited to announce that we won a $20,000 Ben & Jerry’s Foundation grant to help add high-tech, low-cost air quality sensors to our growing community air network powered by the expertise and hardware of the University of Texas at Dallas. While we applied in the past for these prestigious national grants, […]

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Better Bus Stop Design Competition Finals This Saturday May 4th 6 – 9 pm Better Block Foundation HQ 700 West Davis Look, Judge, Vote. Every year the Dallas-based non-profit Better Block Foundation sponsors a design competition that challenges teams of engineers, architects, and creators to come up with more people-friendly ways for city residents to […]

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They had the PowerPoints. They had the hardcopies of the PowerPoints in Spanish. They had the Subject Boards. They had the Post It notes and purple dots. Lots of purple dots. They had staff. They had consultants. They had consultants hired by consultants. All in all, Dallas City Hall had everything it thought it needed […]

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After being rebuffed by its own city council on the idea, Dallas Staff Goes to NCTCOG to promote autocratic regional air monitoring network You may remember that way back last September members of the Dallas City Council Quality of Life Committee approved a independent regional air network as laid out in a 20 minute presentation […]

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After a year of excuses, a determined group of women and their supporters shamed the City into finally taking action to close down the worst environmental health and justice crisis in Dallas. When the collapse came, it came quickly. Halfway through their Wednesday March 20th news conference giving authorities an ultimatum to shut down “Shingle […]

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12 Noon, Wednesday March 20th Dallas City Hall      Flag Room     6th Floor   JOIN US FOR THE PUBLIC LAUNCH OF THE   SOUTHERN SECTOR RISING  CAMPAIGN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE   Downwinders at Risk has joined with the the Joppa Freedman’s Association, Neighbors United/Vecino Unidos, the Highland Hills Community Action Committee, Sierra Club/BeyondCoal, Pax Christi Dallas, […]

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Marsha Jackson thought she’d found relief when Dallas Morning News columnist Robert Wilonsky wrote about the grotesque environmental disaster being caused by the Blue Star asphalt operation in mid-December..the first time. After complaining almost a year to the City of Dallas, the State of Texas, and the EPA without any action taken, Ms Jackson saw […]

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Despite supporters’ claims that the new $500,000 Dallas Climate “Action” Plan would have lots of opportunities for public participation, the decision-making apparatus drafting the plan puts all the decision-making power in the hands of City staff and its hired consultants. Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss. Oh, they’ll be countless PowerPoint presentations […]

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The most worthwhile thing that might emerge from the City’s plan is a new challenge from citizens to Business-as-Usual Take a Deep Dive into How Dallas City Environmental Policy is Being Directed from… New York City?   Over at the Belo Mansion this morning, the City of Dallas’ Office of Environmental Quality and (Rockefeller) Sustainability […]

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A New Round of PM Studies

by jim on January 29, 2019

Rising air pollution linked with increased ER visits for breathing problems Air pollution could be as bad for pregnant women as smoking Racial disparities in asthma related to health care access, environmental factors High PM exposure nearly doubles dementia risk in older women Air pollution is greatest environmental threat to global health in 2019, according […]

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It’s the 5th time in the last 13 months residents of South and West Dallas have beaten back City staff attempts to put more polluters in their backyards But this time they had to take on their own Council Member and Plan Commissioner. Channel 5 Coverage City Hall Videotape Plan Comm. Mtg (batch plant case […]

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Inspired in part by its recent collaboration with Downwinders, Dallas-Based Better Block Foundation’s annual FD19 design competition is focusing on how to build a better, and more protective bus stop for transit riders First orientation is January 16th, with milestones all the way up to the debut of the winning design in May. Better Block […]

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Dallas Plan Commission Hearing Scheduled   for Thursday January 17th, 1:30 pm   Dallas City Hall Rm 5ES   Speak Out Against Systematic Environmental Racism   1) CLICK HERE TO SEND AN EMAIL TO THE PLAN COMMISSION RIGHT NOW Urge them to deny these permits…and consider a moratorium on ALL new industrial permits south of […]

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