Take a look at our history with Holcim, and see why our area's largest polluter is still such a concern.
From the start
Midlothian Breathe, a group of Moms for Clean Air, originally formed to oppose LafargeHolcim's permit request to increase pollution.
Despite that fight, the cement plant on Dove Lane in Midlothian, Texas, obtained approval from TCEQ in 2020 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 shore up our defenses by addressing the inadequate monitoring provided currently.
Our top 5 priorities
Push for better air monitoring. We'd like another official TCEQ monitor north of Holcim and Ash Grove to adequately capture those plants' emissions, the worst in this area.
Set up a citizen network of air quality sensors and share data from that grid.
Call out bad air days to increase community awareness of issues with local air quality.
Promote better regulations to safeguard public health, many already standard practice in other states.
Keep tabs on the latest health, environmental and safety information as it pertains to air quality.