Incineration

For the second time in four years a state-designed clean air plan to bring safe and legal air to DFW residents has failed, missing its goal by an even wider margin than on its first try, and leaving local air quality worse than when it started. November 1st marked the official end of the eight-month […]

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It was inevitable. Like chocolate and peanut butter. Like rats and the plague. Two notoriously polluting industries find solace in each other's ability to scratch each other's dirty, irritating itches. Cement plants are always looking for ways to get paid to burn other people's garbage. It takes a lot of energy to fire a 20-foot […]

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  This time in India instead of Utah or South Carolina. In Coimbatore, plastic and leather wastes stockpiled waiting to be burned as "fuel" at the Madukkarai cement works spontaneously combusted in a three hour fire that did not result in any known injuries at the plant. However, thick columns of black smoke poured into […]

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One of the reasons it's so disheartening to have EPA rollback the deadline for new cement plant air toxics standards and gut the PM pollution provision of those standards is because of the large and fundamental shift in what's being burned is taking place within the industry. Downwinders across the country need the protection of […]

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Another example of the insidious nature of endocrine disrupting chemicals is out. This week saw the publication of a study from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland that shows an association between women with higher levels of a estrogen-mimicking pesticide and increased incidence of endometriosis. Women were […]

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Just last week we mentioned that one of the chemicals to look out for in burning plastics was phthalates – a class of widely-used chemicals that make plastic more plastic, i.e. more flexible. Phthalates are used in perfumes, cosmetics, and lots of household items made with Polyvinyl Chloride. This is how the stuff ends up […]

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Many folks in the DFW environmental community think the battle over "flow control" at the McCommas Bluff landfill in Dallas is merely a prelude the the bigger goal of locating a large "materials recovery" operation there that will include a waste-to-energy power plant that can generate cash for City Hall as well as electricity. Once […]

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Here's a great story from Wired that reports the results of the first tests done in and around the places where the military's "burn pits" were located during the most recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Not familiar with "burn pits?" If you grew up in rural Texas you are because it's exactly the way your […]

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