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TCEQ contracts helicopter for VOC survey

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - Infrared camera-equipped aircraft flies over Corpus Christi this week
ContactBrian McGovern
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has contracted a helicopter and pilot to conduct aerial surveys around the Corpus Christi area this week.

The aircraft is equipped with a specialized infrared camera designed to gather imagery of volatile organic compounds and other hydrocarbons that are invisible to the eye.

VOCs are a class of compounds present in common things like gasoline and solvents. They can combine with nitrogen oxides in the presence of sunlight to form ground-level ozone.

Locations surveyed include petrochemical operations and other industrial facilities that have the potential to be polluters of VOCs.

The Corpus Christi surveys are scheduled to conclude March 9. Similar surveys are also planned for the Permian Basin area as well as the Beaumont/Port Arthur and Houston/Galveston/Brazoria areas.