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The EPA wants to limit how much soot you breathe. Here’s what it means for Texas and one of its historic Black towns.

Federal limits on particulate matter commonly known as soot could mean cleaner, safer air for Texans. But environmental experts worry Texas may snub rules.

Sandra Crumby, 67, sits on the front porch of her house in Joppa, Texas on March 13, 2023. Her sister, GG Garner, tends to her backyard.

From atop the Linfield bridge — which has no sidewalk or accommodations for bikers—the Union Pacific Railroad stretches into the Dallas skyline just outside of Joppa.
Kids play basketball at South Central Park while on their Spring break, Mar 14, 2023.
A mirror reflects the Union Pacific Railroad just across from residencies on Carbondale St. in Joppa, Dallas.

Health experts say it’s not enough

A historical marker stands at South Central park, located in the heart of Joppa. Joppa—or Joppee— was founded by an emancipated slave named Henry Critz Hines in 1872, and has since become a community of around 300 homes and less than 1,000 people.
A sign marks the entrance to the railroad yards just outside of Joppa, Dallas.

What new rules might mean for Texas

Joppa demands pollution controls

Joppee resident Alicia Kendrick poses for a portrait at South Central Park on Mar 13, 2023.
An air monitor in South Central Park, recently installed by the city of Dallas.

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