Questions raised over Fort Worth air testing
by CHRIS HAWES / WFAA/TV
Sadlier wasn’t giving council members the whole story. TCEQ did not test for benzene at 118 sites. TCEQ said a toxic vapor analyzer, designed to reveal the total amounts of chemicals in the air, revealed they didn’t have to. “Very few of those sites did we have detectable limits,” Sadlier.
What Sadlier didn’t explain, was what he actually meant by detectable. Channel 8 has learned that TCEQ investigators are only required to collect an air sample, if the total chemicals in the air are more than 140 times the average amount for the metroplex. TCEQ stresses that investigators also consider smells and visible emissions when deciding to take an air sample, and point out the air sample canisters are costly – about $500 a piece.
I know how TCEQ can get money for better, more scientific testing! They could exercise their “enforcement arm” and actually fine industry for their abuses.