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Public health

Short-Term Associations of Ambient Nitrogen Dioxide with Daily Total, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory Mortality: Multilocation Analysis in 398 Cities (The BMJ: March 2021)

In Utero Air Pollution Exposure Tied to Poorer Cognition (Medscape: February 2021)

New Study Points to Invisible Killer of Infants (NPR: October 2020)

Air Pollution Could Increase Your Risk of Developing Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Other Neurological Disorders, Study Says (USA Today: October 2020)

The EPA Refuses to Reduce Pollutants Linked to Coronavirus Deaths (ProPublica: October 2020)

Air Pollution Kills More People Prematurely than Smoking, Malaria and HIV/AIDS, Study Finds (Newsweek: March 2020)

Breathing Polluted Air Shortens People’s Lives by an Average of 3 Years, a New Study Finds (Inside Climate News: March 2020)

Short-Term Increases in Air Pollution Linked to Several New Diseases (Harvard Magazine: March/April 2020)

Air Pollution Impact on Colds and Seasonal Allergies (Reuters Health News: February 2020)

No Safe Level: Study Links PM 2.5 to Increased Risk of Cardiac Arrest (Sydney Morning Herald: January 2020)

Short-Term Exposure to PM and Cardiac Arrest (The Lancet: January 2020)

Pediatric Exposure to Traffic-Related Pollution Reduces Brain Development (Sydney Morning Herald: January 2020)

EPA Disbanded Scientists Meet and Determine Current EPA Standards Aren't Protecting Public Health (Michigan Advance: December 2019)

New Report Shows Dramatic Health Benefits Following Air Pollution Reduction (American Thoracic Society: December 2019)

Climate Change Poses Threats to Children’s Health Worldwide (New York Times: November 2019)

Dismissed EPA Science Advisers Gather to Provide Recommendations (Science Magazine: October 2019)

Air Pollution Experts Say Current Standards Must be Strengthened to Protect Public Health (Union of Concerned Scientists: October 2019)

Deaths Associated with Subthreshold PM Exposures (Journal of the American Medical Association: November 2019)

General air quality

Where Are the Biggest Polluters in Dallas Fort Worth? (Fort Worth Star-Telegram: March 2021)

Can DIY Air Monitoring Save DFW Air? (Green Source DFW: March 2021)

North Texans Breathed Polluted Air Nearly 30% of 2018, Report Says (Dallas Morning News: February 2020)

DFW in Top 10 of Most Polluted Cities (Environment America: January 2020)

2018 Illegal Emissions Events (Environment Texas: December 2019)

US Air Quality Got Worse After Years of Improvement and It's Killing More People (Science Alert: October 2019)

Dallas Hearing for EPA Proposal to Roll Back Methane Emissions Standards (Dallas Morning News: October 2019)

Dallas Closer to Monitoring Neighborhood Air Pollution (Dallas Observer: October 2019)

LafargeHolcim Reducing Carbon Footprint in Europe (LafargeHolcim: September 2019)

Air Quality in DFW Improves but Still Among Most Polluted US Cities (Dallas Morning News: April 2019)

Technology

Environmental Impacts and Decarbonization Strategies in the Cement and Concrete Industries (Nature: September 2020)

LaFargeHolcim Ponders Addition of Carbon Capture Unit to Colorado Plant (Global Construction Review: January 2020)

Hydrogen-Fueled Power Plant: Never Done Before (Los Angeles Times: December 2019)

Solar Energy Breakthrough That Could Allow for Carbon-Free Cement Production (CNN: November 2019)

Alternative Technologies Cement Manufacturing (New York Times: December 2018)

Holcim permit

Midlothian Cement Pollution Plan Is Moving Forward, but Residents Are Not Stepping Back (Fort Worth Star-Telegram: December 2020)

Midlothian Breathe Fights Cement Plant's Emission Plans (Fort Worth Star-Telegram: February 2020)

"Don't Worry It's Just Steam"... Midlothian Residents Oppose Cement Plant's TCEQ Request to Lift Limits (Midlothian Mirror: January 2020)

Midlothian Breathe to Oppose Holcim Expansion (Midlothian Mirror: January 2020)

Ellis County Appraisal District Countersuit

A verdict is expected soon on this countersuit, filed against Holcim for consistently appealing their property valuation.

EXCERPT:

"This highly unusual legal action by the EAD comes after years of lawsuits filed by Holcim. Holcim's lawsuits have forced the County, City and ISD to return millions of dollars to Holcim in recent tax years, depriving these public service providers of vital revenues, and essentially shifting the shared community burden onto other taxpayers."

2018 Press Release - Ellis Appraisal District Files Countersuit to Cement Plant Owner's Annual Lawsuit 8-16-18.pdf

Midlothian Breathe meeting notes and handouts

GOALS_MidloBreathe-Jan2020.pdf

HANDOUTS FROM OUR DECEMBER 5, 2019, PUBLIC MEETING

Health Effects Handout Dec 2019.docx
PollutionSoup-Jan2020.pdf

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR NOVEMBER 5, 2019, PUBLIC MEETING

Midlothian Breathe Public Meeting 11-5-19.pdf