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Are air quality reports available for the Lufkin-Nacogdoches area?

by Lee Ringer

Are air quality reports available for the Lufkin-Nacogdoches area?

Unfortunately, air quality reports are not available for the Lufkin-Nacogdoches area at this time. You may have heard ozone alerts issued for larger metropolitan areas in Texas. These alerts are issued by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, and that organization currently does not monitor air quality in this region of Deep East Texas. Air quality reports are available for the following areas in Texas: Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, Houston, Galveston, Brazoria, Beaumont-Port Arthur, El Paso, Dallas, Fort Worth, Tyler, Longview-Marshall, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Laredo, McAllen, and Brownsville.

People with respiratory problems can be affected when ozone levels climb. One of the main contributors to ozone pollution is car exhaust. During the hot and dry summer months, the air over large cities can become stagnant. This stagnant air traps the pollution from cars over a city creating high ozone levels.

Some people may wonder if ozone levels for cities like Tyler and Houston can be used to determine air pollution levels over the Lufkin-Nacogdoches area. While these cities are close by, their ozone levels are not an indicator of air pollution in our region of the state. With many more people in these larger cities, there are a lot more cars to add to the pollution when compared to the Lufkin-Nacogdoches area. Weather conditions can play a role in the air pollution over a particular area as well. Since our weather can vary from these locations and because of different levels of pollution, air quality levels in Houston, Dallas, or Tyler, cannot be used to determine the air pollution in Deep East Texas.

If you would like to read more about air pollution in Texas, you can visit the following websites for more information:

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