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Northeast Texas: Current Attainment Status

Compliance of Northeast Texas (NETX) area counties with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

Northeast Texas Area: Attainment Status by Pollutant

Pollutant

 

Primary NAAQS

 

Averaging Period

 

Designation

 

Counties

 

Attainment Deadline

Ozone (O3)*

0.075 ppm
(2008 standard)

8-hour

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Smith, Upshur

 

0.08 ppm
(1997 standard)

8-hour

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Smith, Upshur

 

Lead (Pb)

0.15 µg/m3
(2008 standard)

Rolling 3-Month Average

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

 

 

1.5 µg/m3
(1978 standard)

Quarterly Average

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

 

 

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

9 ppm

8-hour

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

 

 

35 ppm

1-hour

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

 

 

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)

0.053 ppm

Annual

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

 

 

100 ppb

1-hour

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

 

 

Particulate Matter (PM10)

150 µg/m3

24-hour

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

 

 

Particulate Matter (PM2.5)

12.0 µg/m3(2012 standard)

Annual (Arithmetic Mean)

Pending

 

 

15.0 µg/m3(1997 standard)

Annual (Arithmetic Mean)

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

 

 

35 µg/m3

24-hour

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

 

 

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

0.03 ppm**

Annual (Arithmetic Mean)

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

 

 

0.14 ppm**

24-hour

Attainment/ Unclassifiable

 

 

75 ppb

1-hour

Governor's Recommendation: Attainment

Gregg

 

*The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revoked the one-hour ozone standard in all areas, although some areas have continuing obligations under the standard. See ozone history for more information.

**The standard is scheduled to be revoked one year after the effective date of final designations for the 75 ppb standard.

Northeast Texas Attainment Areas

2008 Eight-Hour Ozone Standard Designations: Attainment/Unclassifiable, effective July 20, 2012 (77 FR 30088Exit the TCEQ
On March 27, 2008, the EPA lowered the primary and secondary eight-hour ozone NAAQS to 0.075 parts per million (ppm) (73 FR 16436Exit the TCEQ. Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Smith, and Upshur Counties were designated attainment/unclassifiable under the 2008 eight-hour ozone NAAQS, effective July 20, 2012.   

1997 Eight-Hour Ozone Standard Designations:  Attainment, April 20, 2004 (69 FR 23858)Exit the TCEQ
Counties: Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Smith, Upshur

On December 20, 2002, the TCEQ and local organizations signed an Early Action Compact (EAC) for the NETX area. On March 31, 2004, a final EAC plan was submitted to the TCEQ for ultimate incorporation into the State Implementation Plan (SIP). On November 17, 2004, the commission adopted revisions to the SIP for the Austin, San Antonio, and NETX EAC areas and to 30 Texas Administrative Code 114 and 115. The adopted revision to the NETX SIP consisted of a local plan submitted to the TCEQ by the area in March 2004, under its EAC.

National Ambient Air Quality Standards

The EPA has set National Ambient Air Quality Standards Exit the TCEQ(NAAQS) for six principal criteria pollutants: ground-level ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter. 

No later than one year after promulgation of a new or revised NAAQS for any pollutant, the governor must submit designation recommendations to the EPA for all areas of the state. The EPA must then promulgate the designations within two years of promulgation of the revised NAAQS. Areas that do not meet (or contribute to ambient air quality in a nearby area that does not meet) the NAAQS are designated nonattainment. Areas that meet the NAAQS are designated attainment; and areas that cannot be classified based on the available information, unclassifiable.

For ozone, the Federal Clean Air Act establishes nonattainment area classifications ranked according to the severity of the area’s air pollution problem. These classifications—marginal, moderate, serious, severe, and extreme—translate to varying requirements with which Texas and nonattainment areas must comply.