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TCEQ Considers Removal of Lynchburg Ferry from Air Pollutant Watch List

Monday, July 8, 2013 - Public comment currently being accepted. Public meeting to be held August 19 in Houston
ContactLisa Wheeler

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced today that due to successful reductions of both benzene and styrene from the area, it is considering removing Lynchburg Ferry from the Air Pollutant Watch List.

Stationary monitoring data show that odorous concentrations of styrene have decreased significantly, since 2005, as companies have implemented controls and operational changes to mitigate emissions.

Benzene was successfully deleted from the Lynchburg Ferry watch list in 2010. There are no other contaminants of concern in this watch list area. While the TCEQ is proposing to remove Lynchburg Ferry from the Air Pollutant Watch List, monitoring in the area for both benzene and styrene will continue to ensure that no issues arise.

A public meeting will be held to explain the proposal, answer questions, and accept public comment.

August 19 - 6:00 p.m., North Channel Branch Library, 15741 Wallisville Road, Houston

Written public comment will be accepted through August 23.

The TCEQ maintains APWLs for areas of Texas where specific pollutants have been persistently measured at levels that exceed the screening level (AMCV) for that compound. The AMCV  is a measured level at which no health effects would be expected, but readings above the level will trigger further investigation by the TCEQ. When an area is listed on the APWL, it allows the TCEQ to focus agency resources such as facility inspections, field investigations, and enforcement activities on the area, and work with the regulated industry in the area to identify and reduce emissions. Additionally, permitting of new or modified sources of these emissions undergo a more stringent review, encouraging concurrent reductions with the permitting actions.