Scott Banbury 
Member since Oct 12, 2011

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Re: “Memphis Gets an "F" on Smog

That's one of the questions for the Health Dept to answer. In my conversations with them when the program shutdown, they seemed to think there were bigger gains to be made in reducing vehicle miles traveled through ride sharing, mass transit, etc.

Posted by Scott Banbury on 05/20/2019 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Memphis Gets an "F" on Smog

Thanks for sharing, Toby Sells. You'll note that we got an "A" on particulate pollution, which is a testament to the work of the Shelby County Health Department, and in particular, Larry Smith, who runs their air pollution program. (A lot of folks will remember Larry for his earlier incarnation with the Mid South Peace and Justice Center, where he published the annual "Dirty Dozen" report on the worst stationary air polluters in Memphis.)

One of the problems with air pollution is that it knows no borders. In Shelby County, much of our ozone pollution comes from the west where thousands of trucks idle at the truck stops of West Memphis every day. Sadly, the Shelby County Health Department has nothing to say about it. There's also the issue of river barges, many of which openly vent Volatile Organic Compounds that contribute to ground level ozone pollution, which the Health Department also has no control over.

Maybe the Health Department would contribute to a deeper dive on the state of our air and what's being done or could be done to improve it.

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Posted by Scott Banbury on 05/18/2019 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Pipe Dream: Megasite Sewer Line into the Mississippi River Causes Strife

Love me some John Ruskey! Bruce, if you haven't listened to it yet, check out my friend Derrick Jensen's podast with Ruskey...
http://www.derrickjensen.org/2017/10/john-…

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Posted by Scott Banbury on 05/15/2019 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Tim Sampson Recalls the Flyer’s Early Daze

We've come along way, Tim. An 18 year old radical environmentalist I know was working ground support for the Greenpeace crew hanging the banner off the North Memphis chemical plant pictured on your first cover. The chemical plant is now long gone, but the the activist, now 48, still lives on the banks of the yet polluted Cypress Creek downstream. BTW, he still considers himself a radical environmentalist ;)

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Posted by Scott Banbury on 04/25/2019 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Flipping the Switch on a New Solar Farm in Millington

MLGW (and its customers) should be the full beneficiary of this project, including lower cost of the energy generated and the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) that come with it.

Instead TVA gets the benefits of both while they profit from selling the power back to us at wholesale rates and keeping the RECs too.

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Posted by Scott Banbury on 04/25/2019 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Pipe Dream: Megasite Sewer Line into the Mississippi River Causes Strife

Karen, they are building a treatment plant at the Megasite. It's the discharge from it that they're sending to Tipton County.

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Posted by Scott Banbury on 04/04/2019 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Bill Barring Cities From Regulating Single-Use Plastic Passes House; Some Hope for Relief Next Year

ALJ2, not that I think responding to anonymous assholes is an important thing, but EVEN IF Memphis' proposed plastic bag fee didn't have exemptions for the elderly and folks on SNAP (it did/does), fees on bags would only amount to $6-10 per year.

Tennessee's rejection of a state income tax (led by same legislators opposed to bag fees) costs those same taxpayers more than $300 in taxes per year in groceries alone. Get a life asshole, or at least a conscience.

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Posted by Scott Banbury on 03/31/2019 at 5:54 PM

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