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What’s In The Air? Flower Mound Residents Get Some Answers

By Stewart McKenzie, CBS 11 News
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FLOWER MOUND (CBSDFW.COM) – Concerns over a cluster of cancer cases in Flower Mound has attracted the attention of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Today, State Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) announced that people living and working around Flower Mound can review data from a new air quality monitoring station.  The station was installed earlier this year near Scenic Drive and Shiloh Road.  Senator Nelson says natural gas wells are in the area.

“This data will support our efforts to study the environmental and health impact of natural gas drilling in our community,” said Nelson in a news release.

Some residents are concerned the drilling for natural gas helped contribute to the cluster of cancer cases.

According to the TCEQ’s website, there are 35 air monitor stations in North Texas.  The monitors provide constant readings and hourly averages of what’s in the air.

Senator Nelson says the stations can detect benzene and nearly four dozen different volatile organic compounds.

For more information about air quality monitoring stations and individual station data in North Texas, click here.

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