Flower Mound residents can now review data online from a new air quality monitoring station.
The state-of-the art monitor provides near real-time readings and hourly averages. It tests for benzene and 45 different volatile organic compounds.
Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and other local leaders had asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to locate a permanent emissions monitor in Flower Mound because of the concentrated population living in southern Denton County. Other monitors are stationed in more rural areas of DISH and Eagle Mountain Lake.
“As Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and a Flower Mound resident whose grandchildren breathe our local air, I strongly supported the placement of an emissions monitoring station in southern Denton County,” said Senator Nelson.
“This data will support our efforts to study the environmental and health impact of natural gas drilling in our community.”
The monitor is located near the intersection of FM 1171 and Shiloh Road near gas well drilling sites.
Air quality readings are available at www.tceq.state.tx.us/compliance/monitoring/air/monops/agc/agc_barnett.html