By Colin McDonald : July 11, 2013 : Updated: July 12, 2013 12:48am
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Air pollution from the Eagle Ford Shale play will raise the level of ozone in Bexar County by 2018, according to a recent study by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments.
AACOG natural resource director Peter Bella shared the news Thursday at the “Keeping it Clean: Our Air, Our Health” forum, sponsored by the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum.
He said the preliminary estimate from the study is the air pollution from the trucks, drilling rigs, generators and emissions from the wells themselves will increase ozone levels between 2 parts per billion and 7 ppb in Bexar County.
Because San Antonio's air is already in violation of federal standards, a rise in ozone levels of even 1 ppb matters. San Antonio's ozone average is at 80 ppb and the federal standard is at 75 ppb.
The federal standard for ozone could be lowered in 2016, which would trigger the Environmental Protection Agency to list San Antonio as a nonattainment city, Bella said. Ozone is a lung irritant that is especially harmful to those with asthma and young children, according to the EPA.
Such a listing would cause mandated measurers to reduce air pollution like emission testing on cars, limits on highway expansion and any new business that would be a source of air pollution.
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San Antonio's supposed to be a really charming2006-01-09 23:12:51 by MetriRN
City. There's a river that runs through it and there's restaurants and clubs along it, on something called "riverwalk" or something like that.
And since you're such an american history buff, being the naturalized citizen that you are, the ALAMO is located in San Antonio!!! You must, simply must remember the Alamo!
Actually, I'd love to visit San Antonio sometime, just haven't had the chance. An old college chum is a judge down there-I'd like to look her up!
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