TCEQ Wants Your Comments on Air Quality
Comal County residents who think the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) should do more to monitor air quality have until 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 to submit their comments for the 2019 Annual Monitoring Network Plan.
The monitoring plan is required to provide the implementation-and-maintenance framework for an air-quality surveillance system or air-quality monitoring network, according to the TCEQ website.
A final annual monitoring network plan (AMNP) must be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by July 1.
To view the plan, click here. To comment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to engineers and scientists working with Stop3009VulcanQuarry.com, which opposes development of a limestone quarry at FM 3009 and Highway 46, Comal County is currently home to 11 open-pit quarries, nine asphalt plants, seven concrete batch plants, and two cement plants.
“Considering that quarry companies own over seven percent (over 25,000 acres) of all the land in the county, it’s incredible that TCEQ has a total of zero air-quality monitoring stations in Comal County,” the group said in an email blast to reporters.
“The more citizens who comment, the more attention we get from TCEQ and EPA — possibly legislators, as well.”
According to Stop3009Vulcan Quarry, Comal County needs at least six official air-quality monitors because the county historically has exceeded the safe limits for particulate matter (PM) emissions.
At a minimum, all new air-quality monitors should measure PM 2.5 dust and PM 10 dust.
Recommended locations, community activists say, lie in central and southern Comal County, the area between Bulverde, Canyon Lake, New Braunfels and Garden Ridge:
- Davenport High School (under construction in Garden Ridge)
- Smithson Valley High School
- Rim Rock Ranch Community Center
- Vintage Oaks Community Center
- Danville Middle School
- Oak Run Middle School