In 2009, Tarrant County had an 8-hour average ozone reading of 86 ppb at two locations, one in far north Fort Worth near Keller and another at Eagle Mountain Lake. Both were the highest readings in the state and well above the 2008 revised standard of 75 ppb and much higher than the proposed rule changes.
Currently the ozone standard set by EPA is 75 ppb but, by the end of the year, the new standard will be somewhere between 60 ppb and 70 ppb.
According to an EDF analysis, Wise County has the highest level of VOCs in North Texas. VOCs cause ozone.
Jim Schermbeck, head of the environmental group Downwinders at Risk, questioned TCEQ staff about whether any ozone monitoring devices would be placed in Wise County since the highest concentrations of ozone in the Metroplex have consistently been found in northwest Tarrant County, near the Wise County line.
TCEQ says they have no plan to put monitors in Wise County but ultimately TCEQ is not the decider, EPA is. Conversations with EPA officials lead me to believe that Wise County will get a monitor.
Following the meeting, Schermbeck also predicted Wise County will eventually be brought into the nine North Texas counties that are part of the “non-attainment area.”
What do you think? Does Wise County need a monitor?
EPA vs TCEQ
There’s more to the story. Read about it HERE.
Counties in the DFW non-attainment:
From EDF’s analysis:
- The oil and gas industry releases about 42 tons of ozone forming VOC emissions per day in Wise County.
- The oil and gas industry releases about 37 tons of ozone forming VOC emissions per day in Denton County.
- 100 tons of VOC emissions are produced daily from all of the cars and trucks in the nine-county DFW ozone non-attainment area.
79 tons per day of ozone forming VOCs in 2 counties from Barnett Shale drilling
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