Air Quality

Today, the Peace Development Fund is using its national presence and contacts to help raise funding for Downwinders at Risk, under the banner of “Taking Back our Cities.” We’re being featured on their website all day. We’re one of only 13 groups chosen to receive this kind of attention from the Fund. The Fund liked […]

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PM Pollution and COVID

by jim on May 6, 2020

  The Massachusetts-based Peace Development Fund has chosen to spotlight the COVID-connected work of Downwinders at Risk and 12 other groups across the country this week in order to help raise funds for that work. As of late last night successfully met our original goal of $10,000. THANK YOU. So now we’re setting our sights […]

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TUESDAY GIVING DAY UPDATE: We’re over half-way to our goal of $10,000. Please help us get there today.   1. Today the Communities Foundation of Texas is sponsoring a special COVID crisis North Texas Giving Day for DFW non-profits. 2. The Peace Development Fund has chosen to spotlight the COVID-connected work of Downwinders and 12 […]

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COVID CONNECTIONS

by jim on May 4, 2020

Downwinders At Risk was already dedicated to fighting for environmental health in North Texas before the COVID virus hit. Focusing on harmful Particulate Matter, we were already supporting grassroots efforts to reduce the air pollution burdens in predominantly Black and Brown neighborhoods. We were already building out local capacity to monitor DFW air pollution and […]

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Disregarding calls to postpone a vote on its controversial Climate Plan until the Dallas City Council can resume traditional public participation in meetings, Council Environmental Chair Omar Narvaez has set a May 27th date for full council approval. According to an April 9th memo Narvaez sent to the rest of the Council, the newest draft […]

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A little after 5 pm Monday February 3rd, the Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability (OEQS) at Dallas City Hall released its draft recommendations for the city’s climate “action” plan. There are 93 “action items” including transportation, buildings, green spaces, water management, solid waste, and urban agriculture. Most are without imagination or timelines, meaning that […]

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A new regional air quality network bringing 21st Century science to some of Dallas’ most polluted neighborhoods had it’s official coming out party on December 5th in the former Freedman’s community of Joppa. A community meeting at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church sponsored by Downwinders at Risk in association with Paul Quinn College and Habitat […]

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Monitors are being assembled.   Software is being written.   Community meetings are happening.   Downwinders is helping build the region’s   first 21st-Century Air Network   ____________________________________ Real Time Air Quality Information is Coming to DFW It’s taken years of work and a lot of patience but with any luck a new citizen-friendly regional […]

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A staff presentation focusing on Dallas environmental equity lacks any metrics for comparing residential pollution burdens, or even for measuring the success of its own outreach effort. So how does City Hall know what environmental “equity” looks like?   According to management guru Peter Drucker, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Then […]

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October 17th is also the date of the only public hearing being offered on one of the most far-reaching rule-rollbacks of the Trump administration – allowing more methane to be released from the nation’s oil and gas wells. And it’s right here in Dallas. In August, the Trump EPA officially proposed its rollback of the […]

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Environmental Justice issues in Dallas will get a higher profile next week as the “Father of Environmental Justice” comes back to Big D to help promote the release of a new landmark report on zoning in Southern Dallas. Texas Southern University’s Dr. Robert Bullard is no stranger to DFW, having included a chapter on the […]

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After some technical and bureaucratic hitches, momentum is starting to build toward the 2020 operation of a true 21st Century DFW regional air quality monitoring network. A small army of University of Texas at Dallas graduate students are assembling over 100 solar-powered wireless air monitoring units to be dispersed throughout the metro area. A third […]

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  In Europe, LafargeHolcim is a multinational cement manufacturer based in Switzerland and France – two countries on the cutting edge of climate crisis planning and members of the progressive European Union. The Company portrays itself as a climate-conscientious corporate citizen, to the point of its Swiss CEO declaring the reduction of CO2 emissions as […]

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2019’s “ozone season” came in like a lamb but is headed out as big, wheezy lion. A three-day stretch from Thursday September 5th to Saturday the 7th that combined triple digit temperatures with lots of air pollution was enough to push Dallas-Fort Worth smog numbers for the year over 2018’s annual average.  It was the […]

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What if you found out an industrial polluter was operating in your densely-populated neighborhood and the state told you not to worry because an obsolete computer model of the polluter’s releases 17 years ago and 500 miles away, in a desert, performed by the polluter themselves, said everything was OK? That’s exactly the situation Joppa […]

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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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