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SHAPE THE FUTURE
Let science speak
Join our citizen's effort to establish an air monitoring grid that will help collect data about the quality of air we all breathe. For dangerous particulate matter pollution, TCEQ — the state regulating agency — relies largely on a single air monitor on Old Fort Worth Road. That monitor is upwind of our biggest regional (and statewide) polluters. For the majority of the year, area emissions aren't being adequately captured.
You can buy your own portable sensor, help fund a sensor for others, or apply to put a sensor up at your home or business. Find out more.
Can you help locate hosts?
An engineer set up a grid of targeted locations for the PurpleAir sensors based on geography, wind and other information. The sensors require an outdoor electrical outlet and reliable WiFi. Help us find hosts in the following areas of Midlothian.
City council accepts gift of a PurpleAir sensor
We are pleased to share some exciting news that our gift of a PurpleAir sensor to the Midlothian city council was accepted, indicating that we are effectively changing attitudes in our town.
We really appreciate everyone’s help in making this happen. The PurpleAir sensor is already installed at Kimmel Park and is a great first step for the community. Please thank your city representatives for making this possible and bringing positive publicity to our cause.
Midlothian Breathe, a group of Moms for Clean Air, recently fought to oppose LafargeHolcim's permit request to increase pollution.
Despite that fight, the cement plant on Dove Lane in Midlothian, Texas, has obtained approval from TCEQ to burn more petroleum coke (pet coke), a highly dirty fuel.
That's why our PurpleAir network of sensors is so important. With this area already close to exceeding pollution limits, Midlothian Breathe's job is to help shore up the inadequate monitoring provided now.
5 actions now
What can we do?
Continue to advocate for our families and kids by:
Pushing for another TCEQ monitor north of Holcim and Ash Grove to adequately capture those plants' emissions, the worst in this area.
Setting up a citizen network of PurpleAir sensors and sharing data from the grid.
Calling out bad air days to increase community awareness of issues with local air quality.
Promoting better regulations to safeguard public health, many already standard practice in other states.
Keeping tabs on the latest health, environmental and safety information as it pertains to air quality.
Validation of our concerns by an independent expert
Thanks to community donors, Dr. Ron Sahu reviewed LaFargeHolcim's most recent permit application. He identified many issues with the permit that still remain relevant — despite permit approval.
Evidence that Holcim's equipment and pollution controls are functioning poorly
Misapplication of EPA terms to understate pollution increases and avoid more extensive EPA oversight
Lack of supporting evidence for company conclusions, including non-validated, tenuous predictions for highly toxic PM 2.5, showing Holcim will be taking PM 2.5 levels to the very maximum allowed levels
Unexplained increases in carbon monoxide compared to other emissions
Use of old meteorological data from as far away as Corsicana and Shreveport (rather than more recent data from more proximate locations) to model what will happen to emissions with the new permit
Take a closer look at the independent review findings to understand why we shouldn't sit back and accept industry claims.
Myths We Hear
ISN'T IT JUST STEAM?
No, it's not. That steam from the cement stacks releases carbon monoxide, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxide — all pollutants — into the air we breathe.
Of the 10 cement plants in Texas, Holcim releases the most emissions of all of those toxins, except for nitrogen oxide, where it ranks second. The company should be striving to improve air quality, not make it worse. Find out more.
HOLCIM IS A GREAT CORPORATE CITIZEN
Yes, Holcim donates to local events and makes a visible stance in our area. But at the same time, it uses staff lawyers and deep funds to automatically file property tax lawsuits without mediation. Using legal maneuvers, it’s forcing back millions of dollars from our school district, city and county. However, it's hopeful that countersuits by the Ellis County Appraisal District may shed more light on what's equal and uniform. The EAD is currently waiting on a verdict. Find out more.
THE EMISSIONS MEET EPA STANDARDS
On average, they do. But the EPA target for "safe" PM (particulate matter) 2.5 is exceeded at some point almost every day and has been exceeded multiple days for each month on record. We expect these bad days to increase when Holcim's permit request is approved. Find out more.
Also, there's growing research about the long-term effects of PM exposure...even at levels below EPA standards. Find out more.
Plus, check out other health-related articles in Current News.