Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Enviros Target Dusty Skies in Eight Western States

WildEarth Guardians today petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rein in dangerous levels of particulate matter air pollution in 21 areas in eight western states, including Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming. “We need the EPA to step up and put these areas on the path to clean up,” said Jeremy Nichols, Climate and Energy Program Director for WildEarth Guardians. “These dusty skies are not only dangerous, they’re a sign that air quality throughout the west is at risk. We need relief.” Air quality monitoring data for the 21 areas shows that health-based standards limiting particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter, or 1/7th the width of a human hair, also known as PM-10, are being violated...more

The states listed are:

  • Arizona: Douglas, Nogales, Tucson, and Yuma.
  • Colorado: Alamosa, Durango, Grand Junction, Lamar, Pagosa Springs, and Parachute.
  • Montana: A portion of Jefferson County south of Helena.
  • Nevada: Pahrump.
  • New Mexico: Anthony, Chaparral, Deming, Las Cruces, and Sunland Park.
  • Oklahoma: Tulsa.
  • Utah: Salt Lake and Utah Counties.
  • Wyoming: A portion of Sweetwater County near Point of Rocks.


Roy's 21st Century Family said...

I've lived in New Mexico all of my life. for the most part, I have lived in Deming, Las Cruces,and Hatch. The wind blows in New Mexico in the Spring and Fall. The dust kicks up when the wind blows.

We need to wake up and make every one aware that this has nothing to do with air particulates, and everything to do with the enviros battle against agriculture and building growth.

If a western man says that he is gonna fix your fence, he is doing it because the fence needs fixing.

If an Enviro says he wants to clean up the air, you can bet it has nothing to do with cleaning the air. These people could not tell the truth if there life depended on it, you are making a big mistake if you believe me, there is a hidden agenda behind everything they do.

johnr said...

With out "dust" there will be no rain, no snow and no glorius sunrises and sunsets.

John Gordon-Cloudcroft said...

The list of states lets you know where we stand: Texas and New Mexico don't count. I live two miles down a dirt road and don't mind the dust at all.