At the start of the holiday weekend, no less. The air monitors in Denton passed 85 ppb of ozone for 8-hours for the fourth time this summer. That means the region, once again, has logged some of the worst air quality in the nation. If you want to see how other regions are doing, you can see that, once again, we beat Houston to the non-attainment punch.
Sometimes I hear local elected officials say that Denton County and its residents and businesses can’t be blamed for the failures. But, if Denton County is breathing the worst of the region’s failures, I wonder why residents seem to be willing to put up with it. Research has shown that poor air quality shortens lives and affects the growth and development of our children.
The folks over at Downwinders At Risk put out the ramifications of the state’s poor management of the problem in harsh light. I plan on attending TCEQ’s public information meeting tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the North Central Texas Council of Governments in Arlington. It should be interesting to see what they have to say about our region’s deteriorating air quality.
And I’ll be sure to write it up for a future edition.