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Five Public Hearings on DFW's New Clean Air Plan

Come and voice your opposition to inferior pollution controls and a plan that doesn't even meet Clean Air Act standards.

Wed, January 31st at 7:00 pm
Corner of Young and Ervay, Dallas Public Library (1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX)

Thurs, Feb. 1, 2007 at 2:00 pm
Public hearings on the new DFW Air Plan at Arlington City Hall 101 W. Abram St, Arlington, TX

Thurs, Feb. 1, 2007 at 6:00 pm
Midlothian Civic Center, 1 Community Circle, Midlothian, TX

Tues, Feb. 6, 2007 at 2:00 pm
Longview Public Library, 222 W. Cotton Street, Longview, TX

Thurs, Feb. 8, 2007 at 2:00 pm
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
12100 Park 35 Circle
Building E, Room 201S
Austin, TX 78753

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The State Plan, and the Reviews, Are In

Read it and weep. Or, if you're not the silent suffering type, jump into the fray at the public hearings and let your voice be heard (see calendar on left). Meanwhile, here is what the press is saying:

Dallas Morning News: "Smog Plan to Miss Goal"

Dallas Morning News: "Experts: Pollution Standards Not Enough to Protect North Texas"

Here are some excerpts from other articles:

Excerpted from Fort Worth Star-Telegram December 3rd, 2006:

CLOSE ENOUGH?

Computer modeling indicates that a proposed new state plan to reduce pollution in North Central Texas could fall short of attaining the federal air quality standard for ground-level ozone by 2010. But state officials appear to be banking on a "weight of evidence" rule that would allow the federal EPA to approve the proposed plan if it concludes that it would at least get the region close enough to meeting the standard and further improve air quality.

...the state and region should err on the side of caution and embrace an air quality plan that is aggressive enough to meet the federal ozone standard outright, without counting on a fudge factor such as the EPA's weight of evidence rule.

'Close' might be good enough in horseshoes and hand grenades, but it's not close good enough to ensure easier breathing and better health for the region's residents.

That's why the state plan should include tougher pollution control measures, such as requiring larger reductions in cement kiln and power plant emissions than are called for in the TCEQ proposal.


Excerpted from the Dallas Morning News, November 28th, 2006:

Smoke and Mirrors: TCEQ's taking the easy way out on air quality

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality settled for the path of little resistance, forgoing restrictions that might curb our car culture. The agency rejected calls for deeper cuts on cement plant emissions. And regulators did not require power plants outside the nine-county non-attainment area to reduce emissions at all.

The TCEQ sought only small sacrifices from both industries and individuals. As a result, we will see limited improvement to the air we breathe. The state expects that monitors in Frisco and Denton will still register ozone levels above federal limits in 2009.

Instead of complying with the federal Clean Air Act deadline, the TCEQ is relying on a provision that allows the states to make the case that pollution cuts are within striking range of the goal and should gain the EPA's approval.

Call it the 'close enough' clause.

Using this easy way out provides little assurance that the state is serious about clean air. This plan suggests that regulators were more concerned with clearing this legal hurdle than with protecting public health.

Settling for a plan that doesn't meet federal standards is not only disappointing - it's dangerous. When it comes to public health, 'close enough' is not nearly good enough.

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