There are two new permanent air monitors in the Barnett Shale.
A few things for remember about these monitors:
- The permanent monitors are meant for monitoring smog and the EPA explained to Mayor Tillman that the permanent monitors have limitations including:
- It only collects for 15 hours (summa canisters can collect 24 hour samples)
- It analyzes the samples in a climate controlled trailer not out in the elements where people would be breathing it.
- The EPA is required to control 187 air toxics “that cause or may cause cancer or other serious health effects, such as reproductive effects or birth defects, or adverse environmental and ecological effects.” But the TCEQ air monitors only monitor 46 air toxics.