Comments on: Whatever happened to acid rain? http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/04/whatever-happened-to-acid-rain/ The EPA Blog Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:52:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: lama shapa lapa ding dong http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/04/whatever-happened-to-acid-rain/#comment-18487 Sun, 27 Nov 2011 23:27:19 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2291#comment-18487 Acid rain is amazing. i sleep on it, swim in it and talk to it. you know

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By: Maria http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/04/whatever-happened-to-acid-rain/#comment-18486 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 18:29:32 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2291#comment-18486 Patricia,
You are missing the issue here. “You guys” is a common phrase that people have been saying without offense for decades. I consider myself both a feminist and an environmentalist and recognize that terms such as “you guys” are the least of either group’s problems, and I can safely say that the majority of my colleagues who are concerned with REAL issues feel the same way.

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By: David Mc http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/04/whatever-happened-to-acid-rain/#comment-18485 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 04:08:07 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2291#comment-18485 Try this at home. Put a couple drops of milk of magnesia in a glass of water. Blow a few breaths into it with a straw. The solution goes from milky to clear. You just dissolved those little brucite rocks (a magnesium hydroxide mineral) with carbonic acid. Your exhale contains about 5% CO2 (inhale, ~0.038%?). CO2 + H2O = carbonic acid H2CO3.

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By: David Mc http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/04/whatever-happened-to-acid-rain/#comment-18484 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 03:28:50 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2291#comment-18484 NOX makes nitric acid and SOX makes sulfuric acid when they react with water. These are very strong acids, but an enormous amount of CO2 is acidifying the ocean by reacting with water to produce the weaker carbonic acid. H2CO3 reacts with alkali nearly as well as strong acids, but won’t get to as low a pH as our smaller lakes did back in the 80s. Still likely a big issue for shellbound and other life.

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By: Patricia http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/04/whatever-happened-to-acid-rain/#comment-18483 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 02:06:51 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2291#comment-18483 I was so interested in what you had to say until I got to the question…”what do you guys think”…. I am offended by this and I will ask you to think about your audience in the future. I am not a guy and as someone writing from a government office you should have someone edit your work if you don’t know why this is offensive. When you are writing your own blogs, tweets, messages you can be familiar as you please. Your message is important so please do not turn off readers who are interested.

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By: JCM http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/04/whatever-happened-to-acid-rain/#comment-18482 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 17:06:02 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2291#comment-18482 Like one of the other commentors, I’m interested in knowing how acid rain contributes to ocean acidification. As I understand it the acidification of the oceans causes tiny ocean invertebrates and coral to lose their shells because of the change in PH. When they die the entire food chain in the ocean is disrupted. How do NOX and SOX pollutants compare in effect on ocean acidification to C02?

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By: Charles Morgan, P.E. http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/04/whatever-happened-to-acid-rain/#comment-18481 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 05:30:52 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2291#comment-18481 No one around here in Freestone County, Texas except me knows anything about acid rain. We have the largest polluter in Texas in our back yard and no one is dong anything about it except me and our group Citizens for Environmental Clean – Up (CEC). I tried to get an air monitor installed for two years. It was cancelled this year after County Commissioners funded it. Big Brown must have paid handsomely to get that done. But it is a pitance compared to what they would spend to clean up this old 38 year coal fired power plant. It must be replaced. This plant puts out three and a half times more emissions (96,000 tons of sulfur dioxide alone) than all of Harris County (Includes Houston). Yet we do not have a air monitor. Every neighborhood in Houston has one.

Cancer abounds here and asthma. One person dies per week and two per week are diagnosed with it. Yet Relay for Life raises more funds in Freestone County than any other location. Everyone here knows someone with cancer or just died of cancer.

Our farmers and ranchers have to spend a lot of money to put out lime to counter-act the acid rain. I am a rancher. Recent soil tests show I have a very acid soil.

On top of the power plant, we have 130 natural gas compressor stations that are allowed to spew out another 3,350 tons per year of sulfur dioxide that contributes to acid rain. We are after EPA to have air monitors installed near the largest polluters and not just based on population.

Sincerely,

Charles Morgan, P.E., Inactive
Exe. Dir.
Citizens for Environmental Clean – Up
Fairfield, Texas

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By: Michael E. Bailey http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/04/whatever-happened-to-acid-rain/#comment-18480 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 03:32:28 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2291#comment-18480 Cap and trade was a critical part of getting acid rain under control. It will be an even more critical part of getting much of the green house gas problem under control. In California, the Air Resources Control Board, the Energy Commission, and the Public Utilities Commission have formed a group and worked last year forming a state cap and trade policy for big pollutors like power plants. This is part of the AB32 Law. Cap and Trade works. But more must still be done in the area of energy conservation so that less power will be demanded from the grid, and in the area of alternative power sources like solar, wind and hydrogen. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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By: David Mc http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/04/whatever-happened-to-acid-rain/#comment-18479 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 03:23:41 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2291#comment-18479 We still have lots of acid rain. It’s called carbonic acid, and it’s acidifying the oceans too.

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By: Edward Tremble http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/04/whatever-happened-to-acid-rain/#comment-18478 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:38:05 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2291#comment-18478 Eh Acid Rain, it might be funny but that now brings some pleasant memories. Everybody who knows me was thoroughly bored with my constant rant about need to preserve health of forests. I would stop the car on the motorway to take pictures of ill conifers with dying tree tops. And than I would email those photos to everybody I knew and asked them to sign petition. And that was at the time when there was no broadband, just ordinary modems and landlines.

But it worked. What is most important was that action against Acid Rain had proven that mankind can do something for our planet if it wanted. And that was a time when many of today’s environmental movements were born, like Greenpeace. If we all took it seriously, I am sure that we can stop even global warming.

But, we should go about it in a small steps. Although it lacks media attention, we should first consider cleaning the Pacific of all the floating junk plastic. That plastic kills so many birds and fish and which is suffering that goes completely unnoticed.

Edward

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