EPA Responds To Article Listing Diboll Schools With Polluted Air

LUFKIN,TX (KTRE)- The USA TODAY newspaper released an article this week saying the schools in Diboll are some of the most polluted areas in the nation.

Wednesday we spoke with the Texas Commission On Environmental Quality about the article, they told us that they know of no schools in Texas where the safe air concentration around schools is being exceeded.

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency told us they agree with the findings of TCEQ on the study--- that there are not any potentially hazardous threats to children's health.

David Bary, spokesperson for EPA told us, "I think the important aspect of the article is, it did serve to point out that there are hazardous pollutants in our environment. The agency takes protecting the public health especially children's health seriously, and we will continue to work with our partners at state and local levels to address the air quality issues across the country."

We also spoke with Diboll's Superintendent, Gary Martel, who told us that he stands behind the companies in Diboll and he trusts them 100 percent.