Dallas Smog

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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Yesterday was the single worst day for DFW smog in the last three years. Seven monitoring sites stretching from central Dallas to Weatherford saw hourly averages of 90+ parts per billion. Three sites in Arlington, Northwest Fort Worth and Keller saw levels reach 100 + ppb. Two of those sites saw hourly levels climb to 113 ppb. […]

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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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Dallas County Commissioners' vote on sending state air plan back to Austin: This Tuesday, May 3rd, 9 am   411 Elm Downtown Dallas    First air quality vote of 2016 Come help us thank local officials for standing up to the state   This next Tuesday, May 3rd, the Dallas County Commissioners Court will hold an historic vote. Commissioners will […]

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Notice came on Friday that the Dallas Morning News had finally decided to fill the environmental beat reporter position left vacant by Randy Lee Loftis' departure. The lucky winner was announced via a response to a reader's comment on a story about the Lake Lewisville BLM fracking lease sale.  "This is just one more reason the Morning News needs an environmental […]

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This plan won't work. That's the simple message from the three pages of new comments Region 6 EPA staff submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last month concerning its anti-smog plan for DFW. That message begins with the cover letter, written by Mary Stanton, Chief of the State Implementation Plan Section for Region […]

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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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There was a lot of coverage of last week's announcment of a new, more protective national smog standard by EPA. Most of it centered on the reaction by both sides that it was either not enough progress (public health advocates), or Western Civilization was about to collapse under the weight of all the controls necessary […]

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State officials and industry PR types thought they'd caught a break last summer when two things produced a much lower annual smog average, called a "Design Value."  Since it's a three-year rolling average of smog numbers, past years roll off as new ones come on. Smog numbers from 2011 that had been so high they'd […]

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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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(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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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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Since fights over fracking began in the Barnett Shale, they've been mostly fights over specific permits, leases, or rules fought in one city at a time. Other than an occasional trip to Austin or DC to stop or support some piece of legislation, the action takes place in whatever community is putting up the most […]

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By now, many of you have seen the massive eight-month act of journalism that the Center for Public Integrity committed in describing the situation in the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas. It's probably the most comprehensive look at what it's like to live in Texas fracking hell that's been published, and it rightly […]

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It's only a proposal, but the Obama Administration's plan to cut sulfur in gasoline is aimed primarily at drastically reducing smog-forming Nitrogen Oxide, Volatile Organic compounds and Particulate Matter, the major pollutants that causes DFW to have such bad "ozone seasons."  Would it reduce it enough to finally put the region in compliance with the […]

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