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EPA to downgrade Dallas air quality to serious
Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 18, 2011 | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI

Posted on 01/19/2011 4:19:29 PM PST by TLI

HOUSTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to downgrade Dallas' air quality from "moderate" to "serious" after the city failed to meet a 1997 pollution limit and new regulations the agency is considering could put the city even further behind.

The announcement the EPA planned to make Wednesday will force the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to submit a plan detailing how Dallas will meet federal guidelines by 2013. But, the EPA plans to unveil a more stringent ozone cap by July 31, making it even harder for Dallas to get in line.

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(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: air; dallas; epa; quality
I live and work in the heart of Dallas and the air is fine and the sky is clear. But the feds will make us all go broke and starve to “save” us from the boogieman.

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1 posted on 01/19/2011 4:19:33 PM PST by TLI
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To: TLI
I'd downgrade it to

SERIES.

2 posted on 01/19/2011 4:22:48 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: TLI

Amazing, you would think DC is at war with TX?

Pray for America


3 posted on 01/19/2011 4:24:24 PM PST by bray (Support Palin to make heads explode on both sides,is that Blood Libel?)
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To: TLI
I live and work in the heart of Dallas and the air is fine and the sky is clear.

I agree completely. The air quality is great as far as I'm concerned. This is a manufactured "issue", a make-work project for the EPA (just one of the numerous government agencies that should be decomissioned).

4 posted on 01/19/2011 4:24:29 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas...)
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To: SIDENET

State of Texas to Washington DC EPA

Don’t mess with Texas.

If we wanted your opinion, we’d tell it to ya.


5 posted on 01/19/2011 4:25:28 PM PST by edcoil (Democrat's and vampires should never be invited in your home.)
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To: SIDENET

You must admit, though, the problem is HUGH!


6 posted on 01/19/2011 4:25:51 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: SIDENET

This is a HUGH deal! :-)

I guess it’s time to go out and by that respirator now.


7 posted on 01/19/2011 4:27:18 PM PST by nick42
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To: TLI

Seen this coming....EPA has got to be corralled.


8 posted on 01/19/2011 4:27:47 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: TLI

Ironic that this report comes out of Houston...the city with THE WORST air quality in the state!


9 posted on 01/19/2011 4:27:54 PM PST by hockeyfan (Keep the Change!)
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To: TLI
VENDETTA: 2: an often prolonged series of retaliatory, vengeful, or hostile acts or exchange of such acts http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vendetta
10 posted on 01/19/2011 4:28:21 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: TLI

Dallas should downgrade the EPA to useless.


11 posted on 01/19/2011 4:29:17 PM PST by EyeGuy (Gimme Shelter)
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To: SIDENET

Wow, this is hugh!


12 posted on 01/19/2011 4:30:13 PM PST by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: TLI

Freeper downgrades EPA status to:

Defunct


13 posted on 01/19/2011 4:30:21 PM PST by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

It is huge if you are the Environmental Parasite Agency trying to tell people in Texas what to do.They don’t stand a chance.


14 posted on 01/19/2011 4:32:54 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: EyeGuy

LOL!


15 posted on 01/19/2011 4:33:36 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: TLI

I moved here from the New Orleans area. The air is much cleaner in the DFW area. Fewer allergies and asthma attacks.


16 posted on 01/19/2011 4:38:06 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: bray; re_nortex
Amazing, you would think DC is at war with TX?

While Dallas' population grew by 24 percent between 2000 and 2009, its ozone levels dropped by 16 percent — from 102 ppb to 86 ppb — showing the state had worked to clean up the air but still falling short of the federal standard. This led the EPA to reclassify the city's air as "serious," Brymer said.

Now, all the models show Dallas will be well under the 84 ppb mark by 2013 — but by then the EPA's new guidelines will demand cities to have an eight-hour ozone level of between 60 ppb to 70 ppb, which Dallas won't be able to achieve within two years, Brymer said.

I can see this one coming. EPA will "save" us by forcing more crap in the gasoline or shut down some power plants.

They will pizz and moan about their "cap" while breaking their own deal with the new "cap" that they thought up for July 31 of THIS year.

If the pubies want to make MASSIVE budget cuts I have a suggestion on where to make a really big one...

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17 posted on 01/19/2011 4:39:14 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: TLI

Not only is any action by the EPA Unconstitutional but also the mere existence of the EPA is Unconstitutional since regulating the environment is not an enumerated power granted to Congress in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution! The EPA must be abolished!


18 posted on 01/19/2011 4:39:24 PM PST by Defend Liberty
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To: TLI

It sounds like it’s going to be almost impossible for any city to get to that 60 to 70 ppb 8 hr reading. Evidently in many rural areas background readings during the summer months are often above 75 ppb. Dallas is not even in the top ten US metro areas for ozone levels:

Know where your city stands. The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2010 lists these 10 cities as the country’s most polluted by ozone:

1.Los Angeles, Calif., metropolitan area (including Long Beach and Riverside)
2.Bakersfield, Calif.
3.Visalia and Porterville, Calif.
4.Fresno and Madera, Calif.
5.Sacramento, Calif., metropolitan area (including Arden-Arcade and Yuba City)
6.Hanford and Corcoran, Calif.
7.Houston, Texas, metropolitan area (including Baytown and Huntsville)
8.San Diego, Calif., metropolitan area (including Carlsbad and San Marcos)
9.San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles, Calif.
10.Charlotte, N.C., metropolitan area (including Gastonia and Salisbury)

Another power play by the EPA which needs to be slapped down. They’ve got TExas in their sights. , Perry has done a lot of tough talking recently, let’s see if he’s actually grown a pair.


19 posted on 01/19/2011 5:13:07 PM PST by bereanway (I'd rather have 40 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters)
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To: SIDENET

This is hugh!


20 posted on 01/19/2011 5:14:18 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: bray
"Amazing, you would think DC is at war with TX?"

Naw, it couldn't be that!
</sarc>

21 posted on 01/19/2011 6:41:47 PM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Redbob

Congress to downgrade EPA to extinct. Since all states have their own versions of the EPA, why do we need the one in DC?


22 posted on 01/19/2011 6:47:20 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: taxtruth

The Texas AG should sue the EPA for selective enforcement. At the very least, make a federal judge kick the case out of the system. If it isn’t kicked out, discovery could be a very interesting thing for the general public to consume.


23 posted on 01/19/2011 7:28:06 PM PST by Carling (Remember November)
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To: re_nortex

this reminds me of the “make work issue” of the lead in the houses built before 1970 that only certain contractors, after taking classes costing almost 500 dollars, and which is paid for many times for the “minority” contractors.... in order to give them work which other contractors cannot do. when was the last time an American died from eating lead????? lies, lies, and more obamanation regime lies...everytime I see the epa ad on TV of the orange juice pitcher filling up with orange paint, it makes me sick...those ads are paid for by us for obamanation make work for his protected species!


24 posted on 01/19/2011 7:49:06 PM PST by bareford101 (. All Muslims lie to infidels to confuse them)
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To: Redbob

What could DC possibly have against Texas?

Pray for Texas


25 posted on 01/19/2011 8:02:48 PM PST by bray (Support Palin to make heads explode on both sides,is that Blood Libel?)
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To: bray; PennsylvaniaMom; Plumberman27; Dr. Brian Kopp; PA Engineer
Amazing, you would think DC is at war with TX?

The 0bama regime clearly has Texas in its crosshairs and those aren't surveyor's symbols. Not only is 0bama's EPA (albeit an invention of Nixon) targeting Texas in particular but business in general.

I'm old enough to remember this from my ex-hometown of Pittsburgh (with Pitt's Cathedral of Learning visible):

You know what? That was the look of prosperity, full-employment (until the unions killed the mills), booming business (as the arsenal of the nation) and good times. While not every day was like this, quite a few were.

Although I'm certainly not advocating a smokey, smoggy Dallas like that shown above, the do-gooders and environmental wackos would do well to check with those of us from an older generation who are still alive, well and healthy in spite of the smell of prosperity!

I've pinged a few 'Burgers, some of whom may be old enough to get a bit nostalgic when they see the picture. :-)

26 posted on 01/19/2011 8:09:02 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas...)
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To: re_nortex
s/Burgers/Burghers/

Argh! That's twice in just a few days that I've forgotten the all-important 'h'. No Isaly's Klondikes for me! :-(

27 posted on 01/19/2011 8:19:07 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas...)
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To: steelyourfaith; ForGod'sSake

Ping.


28 posted on 01/19/2011 8:29:49 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: MasterGunner01
Since all states have their own versions of the EPA, why do we need the one in DC?

Control.
29 posted on 01/19/2011 8:32:38 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: TLI
"Texas to Downgrade DC to Foreign Usurper Enemy"


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

30 posted on 01/19/2011 8:42:01 PM PST by The Comedian ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" - B. Goldwater)
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To: TLI

I was born and raised in Dallas, but now live between Dallas and Fort Worth. I watch the local news each evening and when they show the ‘air pollution’ ratings, the only thing of significance is Ozone and the quality is shown as Good.

The EPA is trying its best to nail Texas on several issues. I believe the Gov. and State Legislature need to continue to contest these biased edicts issued by the EPA, and that the US House will pass bills defunding the corrupt EPA.


31 posted on 01/20/2011 12:26:49 AM PST by octex
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To: Army Air Corps; FrPR; enough_idiocy; meyer; Normandy; Whenifhow; TenthAmendmentChampion; Clive; ...
Thanx again, Army Air Corps !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

32 posted on 01/20/2011 2:53:41 AM PST by steelyourfaith (ObamaCare Death Panels: a Final Solution to the looming Social Security crisis ?)
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To: bereanway

>>Evidently in many rural areas background readings during the summer months are often above 75 ppb.

Apparently trees play some role. Atlanta has had problems with the EPA over ozone often during the summer, and a large part of the reason is all of the trees here.

An article on the general subject:

Biogenic Ozone-Precursors: From Mechanism to Algorithm
http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.abstractDetail/abstract/696/report/0


33 posted on 01/20/2011 5:14:28 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Hoodat

“Wow, this is hugh!”

No! It’s mute and irrevalunt!


34 posted on 01/20/2011 6:28:40 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Army Air Corps
The time has come to “zero out” the budget for the EPA and see if the FedGov slime will work for free.

Can you imagine one of these pompous, self-serving jackasses standing in an unemployment line? What a sight to behold that would be: a demigod being forced to associate with “little people”.

Oh, the huge manatee!

35 posted on 01/20/2011 7:32:55 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: MasterGunner01

Man, you paint a pretty, pretty picture. I like the way you think. The poor little darlings cast down from Olympus and being forced to stand about with the plebes.


36 posted on 01/20/2011 8:50:08 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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