Particulate Matter

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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Xmas Brings a “Miracle on Choate Street”

by jim on December 17, 2018

Blue Star “Recycling” exposed by citizens and reporter as one big illegal asphalt dumping ground in South Dallas City forces closure…once it finds out about it Last week there was what you might describe as a kind of South Dallas Christmas Miracle Story – as in, “It was a miracle the city finally did anything […]

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Plan Commission Action THIS Thursday   You can send a email opposing both proposed batch plants to the Plan Commission today   JUST CLICK HERE   On Thursday the Plan Commission will vote on an SUP for the Bird Lane batch plant site – one of two being proposed by Estrada Concrete along the Stuart-Simpson/Central […]

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Last time we reported on the prospects of a new regional air monitoring network the idea received a 7-0 vote from a Dallas City Council Committee on September 24th but was delayed by staff request from going to the council until December 12th. There was conjecture at the time that the delay was an excuse […]

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Register for the Electric Glide Bus Pub Crawl here. Thursday, December 6th Catch the bus at 6:30 or 7:00 pm at the Green Door in the Farmers Market District 600 South Harwood Dallas 75201   Plug In. Get Lit. Stay Current.   How did we get from cement plants burning hazardous waste in Midlothian to […]

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Only in the nonsensical world of EPA air quality regulation could the official regional average for DFW smog actually decrease despite the worst levels of DFW Ozone pollution in five years. In 2018 a quarter of all North Texas official monitor sites recorded smog levels in the 90-95 ppb range for more than an hour.  […]

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You’re Invited to Train on the Same Portable Monitors & Get Access to Our Monitor Lending Library…For FREE CITIZEN SCIENCE TRAINING SESSION SUNDAY OCTOBER 28th 1-3 pm GOODWORK CO-WORKING SPACE 1808 S. GOOD-LATIMER   Let us know you’re coming: RSVP  downwindersatrisk@gmail.com   Downwinders is proud to announce that our precedent-setting use of portable PM monitors […]

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In the middle of the wettest day in the wettest September DFW had ever recorded, the clouds parted and a dozen brave and curious souls turned out to go through the region’s first citizen science training for portable air monitoring. Some were already clean air activists. Some were technology geeks. Some were people simply interested […]

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Approximately 20 representatives from advocacy groups, non-profits, and neighborhoods gathered last Monday evening at GoodWork for the very first meeting of the “Let Joppa Breathe Alliance.” It was the first step in organizing a city wide effort to reverse over a century of racist zoning and land use planning in Dallas’ oldest Freedman’s community. Besides […]

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Rebuking its own staff’s misinformation campaign, the Dallas City Council’s seven-member Quality of Life Committee voted unanimously at its Monday morning meeting to recommend joining the North Texas Clean Air Network. But in an unusual move, staff requested and received an almost three-month delay in scheduling a full city council vote on endorsing the new […]

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New Study Finds PM in Placentas

by jim on September 19, 2018

Scientists already knew that maternal exposure to PM pollution had the potential to harm fetal development. Studies have documented higher rates of Autism, ADHD and other developmental diseases in close proximity of freeways and other large sources of PM pollution. But until now researches hadn’t actually identified how PM harmed newborns. According to a study […]

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CLICK HERE TO SEND A PREPARED EMAIL TO DALLAS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS URGING DALLAS JOIN THE NEW NORTH TEXAS CLEAN AIR MONITORING NETWORK Next Monday, September 24th, the Dallas City Council’s Quality of Life Committee will have a chance to take the City’s air quality tools into the 21st Century. Committee members will view a […]

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SATURDAY, SEPT 22 Session 1: 10:30 am -1 pm Session 2: 2pm to 5 pm Goodwork Co-Working Space 1808 South Good Latimer/Dallas   For the first time, Downwinders is offering members of the public the chance to learn how to take air quality samples with one of our Aeroqual Series 500 portable Particulate Matter monitors […]

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New Study Links PM Pollution to IQ Loss

by jim on September 6, 2018

Underscoring how important this month’s event are is a new study from China that concludes exposure to Particulate Matter air pollution erodes a person’s IQ, especially in older people. “Polluted air can cause everyone to reduce their level of education by one year, which is huge,” said Xi Chen at Yale School of Public Health […]

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