Cement

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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“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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Long term exposure to small particulate pollution from combustion sources, specifically coal-fired power plants, is up to five time more likely to kill you through heart damage than other forms of natural or human-made "PM." That's the conclusion of new comprehensive study comparing risks from breathing-in the tiniest specs of soot from combustion sources for […]

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EPA has released the results of the first test of a full-scale Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) unit on a US cement plant and the numbers look good. As many of you know, SCR is just an industrial-sized version of the catalytic converter in your car. It can capture up to 90% or more of the […]

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For the second time in five years, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality thought it had gamed the system. It believed it could get away with another DFW "clean air plan" that didn't actually do anything. It looks like it was wrong. A series of events playing out since December of last year has seemingly […]

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Mercifully, the 2015 Texas Legislative Session is almost over. Since January we've seen cities stripped of their traditional zoning power over oil and gas facilities, citizens' ability to challenge new pollution permits further suppressed, and renewable energy sources singled-out for financial punishment. But the circus leaves town on June 1, and shortly after that Downwinders […]

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Although it was first published last July, news of a new Spanish epidemiological study of residents living in proximity to cement plants has just now reached us.  Done by the the same researchers responsible for a 2012 study that found statistically significant increases in all cancers around waste incineration and auto scrap metal operation, this […]

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A new frontier in "alternative fuels" for cement kilns has opened up. A LaFarge cement plant in British Columbia has begun burning used plastic single-serving Keurig coffee cups, otherwise known as "K-Cups." The cups aren't recyclable because they're a mixture of coffee grounds, paper filter, plastic cup and foil top that can't be efficiently separated. […]

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Wednesday of last week saw the deadline for filing official comments on the dreadful "plan" the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has proposed to lower smog levels in DFW by 2018. In effect, the plan is to wait for federal gasoline changes in 2017 and hope for the best. Shortly before closing time Wednesday, Downwinders […]

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All Day NATIONAL Public Hearing on a New Federal Ozone Standard Thursday, January 29th, 9am to 7:30 pm Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram There are only three national public hearings on the possibility of lowering the national federal ozone, or smog, standard. One is in Washington DC, another is in Sacramento, California and the […]

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  All Day NATIONAL Public Hearing on a New Federal Ozone Standard Thursday, January 29th, 9am to 7:30 pm Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram (To secure a 3-minute speaking slot, e-mail Eloise Shepard and ask for one in the time period most convenient for you. Slots are going fast (and not necessarily to citizens), […]

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You don't have to have any special technical knowledge. You don't have to know regulatory or legal jargon. You just have to believe we still have a problem with smog in Dallas-Fort Worth. That's all it takes to participate in the air quality extravaganza happening tonight in Arlington. It's a rare two-for one chance to […]

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(Arlington) Critics of a new plan to clean the air in Dallas-Ft. Worth are using a public hearing on Thursday evening to accuse the state of Texas of breaking the law by not requiring the implementation of pollution control technologies already in widespread use to help lower smog levels in North Texas. “We’re asking residents […]

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TCEQ Public Hearing on the new DFW Anti-Smog Plan Thursday, January 15th  6:30 pm Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram Over the last two decades, we've seen some pretty lame DFW clean air plans produced by the state, but the newest one, scheduled for a public hearing a week from now, may be the most […]

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For the first time since DFW began recording its smog levels, the region's three-year running average dipped below the 1997 eight-hour 85 parts per billion (ppb) standard. After years of leveling off at around 86-87, it's dropped to 81 ppb.  That's good news. DFW's decrease is attributed to 2011's terrible numbers rolling off the board […]

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(Midlothian) After a 14-year effort by local citizens, Holcim US Inc. is applying for a permit to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to install a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) unit in their Midlothian facility. It's the first application for commercial use of SCR technology in any U.S. cement kiln.    DFW-based clean air group […]

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