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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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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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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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There was at least one truth uttered by Steve Everley, the professional PR spokesperson for Energy in Depth, itself the PR arm of the Gas Industry, during his testimony at last Thursday's EPA ozone standard hearing in Arlington: "…natural gas producers will be significantly impacted by EPA’s proposal to reduce the National Ambient Air Quality […]

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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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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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There's a public meeting hosted by TCEQ at 7pm tonight concerning the new permit for Holcim's Midlothian cement plant. It's taking place at the Midlothian Conference Center, at 1 community Center Road, right off Hwy 287. Here's a map if you need one. This is your only chance to ask questions and raise concerns about […]

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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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Dallas Resident Liz Alexander showed up at the Council of Governments meeting room on Tuesday to lend her support to the effort to get more out of an anemic state ant-smog plan than the state wants to give. She was a warm body whose presence would be its own statement of concern. She was being […]

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It's been a pretty nice summer in DFW so far hasn't it? Wetter and cooler than usual. More wind. According to the stats, this past month was the first June without any 100 degree days in seven years or so. Consequently, it's also the first June in forever that hasn't seen any "Orange" or "Red" […]

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Just last week at the June regional air quality planning meeting the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was bemoaning the fact that the weather too often determines how bad an "ozone season" DFW will have. And it's true. When we have really hot, dry, and windless summers, ozone levels soar as they did as recently […]

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This is why citizen participation matters. Last week, local officials were balking at reserving a slot at next Thursday's regional air planning meeting for a presentation by UNT researchers on how gas industry emissions from the Barnett Shale could be adding to DFW's chronic smog. After reading about the UNT research in the Denton Record […]

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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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This is why it's important for citizens to have real scientific horsepower. DFW has a smog problem. It's not as bad as it used to be, but it's still at unsafe and illegal levels. And for the last four or five years, the air quality progress that should have been made has been stymied. Despite […]

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