Ambient Air Monitoring
Outdoor air is monitored for harmful pollutants using monitoring equipment and protocols set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Currently, the City of Fort Worth monitors the local ambient atmosphere for the following pollutants:
- Nitrogen Oxides
- Sulfur Oxides
- Volatile Organic Carbons (VOCs)
- Solar Radiation)
- Particulate Matter (2.5µm and 10µm)
To access Texas’ air monitoring data: Air Monitoring Network
Currently, ozone levels in the DFW Metroplex exceed regulatory limits set by the Clean Air Act and regulated by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The region is in non-attainment of the eight-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard. Cities across the region are taking an active role to increase awareness about actions residents must take to reduce emissions that create ozone. For more information: Air North Texas (https://www.airnorthtexas.org/)
Compliance Inspections Program
The Compliance Inspections Program is based on a pre-established caseload between the City of Fort Worth and the TCEQ. Inspections are performed with the intent to inspect local businesses and industry once every two to five years, depending upon operations conducted at the facility. Inspections are performed at:
Title V Permitted Facilities: Businesses and Industry whose potential emissions have exceeded the Major Source Threshold (Who Has to Obtain a Title V Permit?).
New Source Review (NSR) Permitted Facilities: Businesses and Industry whose actual emissions have exceeded the Major Source Threshold (New Source Review (NSR) Permitting).
Non-Major Sources: Businesses and Industry whose actual emissions do not exceed the Major Source Threshold, but still threaten the local environmental.