Flower Mound increases air testing frequency and scope

In order to strengthen its current air quality monitoring program, the Town of Flower Mound is increasing testing frequency from quarterly to monthly and expanding the scope of the tests to include additional compounds including sulfides and formaldehyde, town officials announced Tuesday.

The monthly analysis will test for more than 60 Volatile Organic and Tentatively Identified chemicals/compounds, including benzene and carbon disulfide.

In addition, supplemental testing will be conducted as needed beginning this month to include Sulfides and Formaldehyde.

All testing will be conducted by Kleinfelder, an independent authority in the field.

The agency recently completed the 2010 fourth quarter ambient air evaluation, available at www.flower-mound.com. The results are consistent with the other evaluations, as no compound levels were detected above TCEQ criteria, officials said.

In addition to monthly testing program, Flower Mound’s air quality is continually evaluated by a new Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Auto GC monitoring station, near FM 1171 and Shiloh, and the town is in the process of hiring a second full-time oil and gas inspector.

The position is being paid for by gas well operators via an increased permit fee approved, town officials said.

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