Particulate Matter

MONDAY, AUGUST 27th 9 AM ROOM 6ES DALLAS CITY HALL CITY COUNCIL QUALITY OF LIFE COMMITTEE HEARING ON DALLAS JOINING A NEW REGIONAL AIR NETWORK ______________________________________________ Over the last two years, as members of the DFW Air Research Consortium have promoted the idea of a dense grid of low-cost, high-tech air sensors spread across North […]

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THE CLEAN AIR FUND THAT TIME FORGOT

by jim on July 9, 2018

Over a decade ago $500,000 was collected from North Texas local governments to protect Texas air. It’s been sitting in a bank account ever since. Until recently, not too many people even knew it existed. Now, citizens want to use a part of it to build a world-class 21st-Century air monitoring network for DFW.  __________________________________________ In […]

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WE NEED YOU TO SPEAK OUT…. FOR CLEAN AIR!…. FOR PUBLIC HEALTH!…. FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE!….. FOR SCIENCE! MONDAY, AUGUST 27th 9 AM ROOM   6 ES DALLAS CITY HALL 1500 MARILLA  DALLAS CITY COUNCIL QUALITY OF LIFE COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING: Should Dallas join Dallas County and Plano in establishing a new regional air quality monitoring network […]

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Thanks to Downwinders supporters and the Dallas Sierra Club that pitched in a whopping $1000, we raised the $1600 needed to buy Joppa residents their own full time Aeroqual Particulate Matter monitor. Now comes the hard part in deciding where to put it. Downwinders and Joppa residents are schedule to meet to discuss the location of the monitor […]

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HOW TO TURN THIS: INTO THIS: Dallas County finalizes documents for founding a regional air quality monitoring network among local governments – will your city, county, school or hospital district vote to join?    In the same week that Downwinders at Risk and the Dallas Sierra Club raised enough money to buy a full-time stationary Particulate Matter […]

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Back on December 11th, there was a serious fire at the “Sunshine Recycling” facility in West Dallas, aka, another West Dallas scrap and junk yard. Beginning at around 3 in the afternoon and continuing to burn overnight, it produced huge clouds of dark thick smoke that covered whole blocks and could be seen for miles […]

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  Downwinders PM Committee did the unthinkable this last week and monitored ambient air quality in the tiny Joppa community, where two proposed new concrete batch plants coming up for a Dallas City Council vote on Wednesday want to set-up shop. This was unthinkable because despite months of controversy over the siting of yet more concrete […]

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Thanks to a grant from the Simmons Sisters Foundation, Downwinders is proud to announce we’ve purchased our first two portable Particulate Matter sensors for our No Safe Level Campaign against PM pollution. They’ll be the only PM monitors of their kind in the region, and their arrival will inaugurate a new era in DFW citizen-empowered science. […]

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Could DFW Death Records from October 2017 Show Correlation Between Mysterious Air Catastrophe and Suicides? A Hong Kong university study published in the upcoming March edition of Environment International concludes the risk of death for people with mental and behavioral disorders rises sharply on days when particulate matter and other kinds of air pollution reaches […]

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Public Health Economic Development Transportation Housing Childhood Development and Education Environmental Justice Crime __________ In the same way lead exposure was linked to lower IQ in children and anti-social behavior like crime, PM Pollution is now being linked to learning disabilities and juvenile delinquency. And in the same way public health mandated the removal of […]

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    Q: What caused PM and Ozone pollution to spike so high and fast on Oct 19th that health alerts had to be issued from Dallas to Denton? A: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality couldn’t care less. That’s the take-away from Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe’s story that appeared over the weekend in the Denton Record […]

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Downwinders at Risk is proud to announce we received a very generous $40,000 grant from the Dallas-based Simmons Sisters Fund in December to cover the costs of our “No Safe Level” PM pollution protection campaign for the next two years. This money will be going to buy both portable and stationary PM pollution monitors, educational […]

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The first study to look at the effects of PM pollution exposure on the social behavior of children found that that the more bad air a child inhaled, the more likely they were to engage in delinquent activity. Published in December’s Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology by researchers at UCLA, UC Irvine, and Orebro University […]

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By all rights, there shouldn’t be a Downwinders at Risk around anymore. The life expectancy of a local grassroots group rising up to fight a bad permit is a couple of years if you’re lucky, twice that if you’re extremely lucky. We’re beginning our 23rd year. Throughout that time, we’ve ridden our share of organizational […]

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Toxic Particulate Matter – “PM” – is the New Lead PM is the scientific name for industrial soot. It comes from burning things. Wood. Gasoline. Diesel. Coal. Waste. Everything that depends on on burning something, produces Particulate Matter: cars, trucks, buses, locomotives, boilers, furnaces, kilns, etc. PM pollution is tiny. It’s much smaller than nature’s […]

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Not quite two weeks ago, on Thursday October 19th, something happened to throw local air quality conditions into the red zone for most of the day. There was a inexplicable smokey haze extending along the limestone escarpment from Midlothian to Dallas and then north to Denton, sending Particulate Matter pollution soaring to Beijing levels and ozone […]

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