Downwinders at Risk

Pics from Our “Meet the Drones” Mixer

by jim on October 17, 2016

Here's the link to some pictures of our October 6th "Meet the Drones" Mixer featuring the squadron from University of Texas at Dallas.  Thanks to TCU's Dr. Mike Slattery for hosting the public debut of our North Texas CLEAN Air Force – an exciting new effort combining citizen know-how with academic expertise to better help us identify DFW air pollution […]

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Only THREE Hours Left to Contribute This "Giving Day," Downwinders is trying to raise $6500 to fund a full 72 hours of airborne investigation by our pollution-sniffing drones. From 6 am to 12 Midnight tonight, contributions of just $25 or more to Downwinders can get matched or expanded by the Communities Foundation of Texas.   ​OUR GOAL: […]

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Keep 'Em Flying So far, contributions from our supporters have got our drone out of the hanger and into the air. Now we need to get it above cement kiln and coal plant smokestacks we want to monitor. Help us gain monetary altitude.  This "Giving Day," Downwinders is trying to raise $6500 to fund a full […]

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This "Giving Day" Downwinders is trying to raise $6500 to fund a full 72 hours of airborne investigation by our pollution-sniffing drone From 6 am to 12 Midnight tonight, contributions of just $25 or more to Downwinders can get matched or expanded by the Communities Foundation of Texas. Not only does your donation go further today, it […]

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Holcim is the first cement plant in the nation to voluntarily install an industrial catalytic converter called SCR on its smokestack, significantly cutting smog-forming air pollution in DFW.  But despite operating only 26 miles from EPA headquarters, the Agency and State of Texas still claim the technology isn't "feasible"     Downwinders is proud to announce Midlothian's Holcim […]

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“Meet the Drones” Mixer Oct 6th

by jim on September 13, 2016

​Thursday, October 6th  5:00 to 6:30 pm TCU Alumni Center 2820 Stadium Dr Fort Worth Have a bite to eat, a drink, and stroll amongst the drones we're assembling for our North Texas Clean Air Force. Representatives from the University of Texas at Dallas will be displaying their fleet of fixed-wing and rotor copter drones. TCU, UTA, UNT and the […]

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AN OPEN MEETING  Help Us Start to Organize the 2017 Root and Branch Revue Activist Conference  Saturday, September 10th 3-5pm  Common Desk Co-Working Space  633 West Davis in North Oak Cliff If you could plan a conference for you and your peers to help train and motivate you as environmental activists in Texas, what speakers, events, forums, exhibits, […]

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State Representative Chris Turner, whose District 101 spans west Grand Prairie and east Arlington between Dallas and Fort Worth became the first state elected official to urge EPA to reject the current state anti-smog plan for DFW and substitute one of its own.  In a letter to EPA Chief Gina McCarthy, Turner used language echoing the sentiments of US […]

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In recognition of its two-decade leadership on the issue, Downwinders at Risk is being asked to send a representative to an international conference on cement industry sustainability issues in Switzerland scheduled for mid-July. Around 30 participants are gathering July 12-14 on the shores of Lake Geneva in Gland, Switzerland at the headquarters of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), including environmentalists from […]

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Was it something in the air? Or maybe your emails in their mailboxes? Sandy Greyson, supported by a citizens army, pulled off the unthinkable and delivered a rousing 15-0 endorsement from the Dallas City Council for her resolution calling for a better smog clean-up plan for DFW than the one the state is currently pursuing.  Despite last-minute objections from […]

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  SEND A "CLICK N SEND" EMAIL TO ALL 15 DALLAS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS URGING THEM TO VOTE FOR CLEANER AIR IN JUNE By a vote of 5 to 1 the City of Dallas moved closer to joining Dallas County in repudiating the State's do-nothing DFW clean air plan and demanding something better. It was the second vote […]

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GET OUT OF YOUR RUT AND JOIN THE FIGHT! MONDAY, MAY 23rd  9am  Dallas City Hall  1500 Marilla   Downtown Dallas Room 6ES (6th Floor, South)  Dallas City Council's Quality of Life Committee Considers/Votes on the DFW AIR QUALITY RESOLUTION    WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th 7:30 am – 10 am Morton Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora Downtown Dallas EXXON – MOBIL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING   […]

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Tamera Bounds: Our Agitator of the Year

by jim on December 11, 2015

"agitator" noun ag·i·ta·tor \ˈa-jə-ˌtā-tər\ Definition of agitator     •  a person who urges others to protest or rebel.     •  a device for stirring or shaking something. For a long time now, Downwinders has used its end-of-the-year gatherings to recognize special accomplishments among is board members. One of these recognitions is almost as old as […]

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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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The latest chapter in a decades old mystery game of "Get a Clue" happens tomorrow morning, Monday, June 16th when representatives of the Sierra Club and Downwinders at Risk present their case against the current state anti-smog plan during the regional air planning meeting at the headquarters of the North Texas Council of Governments, 616 […]

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A year from now, last Thursday' meeting in Arlington may be seen as a turning point. Local residents refused to let the air quality planning process die, showing up in numbers that forced officials to switch to a larger room, and making sure their opposition to another state "do-nothing" air plan was heard loud and […]

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