BREAKING NEWS: Apparently the air testing in Flower Mound that supposedly showed no toxins in the air never happened or never happened to the degree that citizens were led to believe. It was just reported on WFAA by Chris Hawes.
If you don’t test for benzene, then you have ZERO chance of detecting benzene. …funny how that works.
Here’s the video:
From an email:
Chris Hawes led the 6pm news with revelation that no actual testing for benzene or any other hazardous air pollutants was ever tested “they decided not to take any air sample, so nothing was analyzed”. It looks like the City and mayor have not been truthful.
Hawes showed a video of the Flower Mound mayor discussing the testing and naming all the chemicals that were not found. This gave citizens as false sense of security. When most people think of air testing, they think of a canister sample and a complete analysis. This could have influenced the vote last night.
The TCEQ used the IR camera and an “inexact instrument” that does not tell the specific chemicals in the air. TCEQ had the wrong equipment to take air samples so it was decided that no samples would be taken. Someone from the town was present and knew that no samples were taken.
This from the Town of Flower Mound:
The Town recently received a summary of the air quality monitoring activity conducted in Flower Mound on January 13 by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) officials. The summary details the locations and times in which monitoring occurred, the types of tests and readings, weather conditions, and equipment utilized. While additional TCEQ air quality testing is scheduled to occur in the near future, the preliminary analysis produced results indicating no detectable concentrations of VOC (benzene, toluene, methane, etc.) exist in Flower Mound. Additionally, infrared cameras did not detect emissions from the compressor engines and heater units other than those associated with normal operations.
The TCEQ Summary is HERE
It seems they used an “inexact instrument” called a TVA which, I believe, detects VOCs. From that they deduced that there were none of the chemicals that the mayor listed present in the air.