Deputies are keeping residents out of the town of Milford. Roadblocks are up at every entrance — on the other side environmental agencies are busy testing air quality. Workers told CBS 11 News crew’s initial tests show the air is not toxic.
Whether you’re in Dallas or Fort Worth, you’ve seen the haze. It’s worse in the summer and more noticeable when you’re looking at downtown buildings — but the dirty air may be more than an eyesore.
“The evidence is growing that air pollution can affect the brain,” said one doctor.
The EPA took over the Texas greenhouse gas permitting program after the state refused to comply with new regulations designed to lower pollution.
Gov. Rick Perry on Monday asked President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to prevent or delay implementation of stricter pollution standards, saying they will have an “immediate and devastating” effect on the state.
A ‘Red Ozone’ alert has been declared for North Texas. Despite being in a two-month long heat wave, this is the first time an alert of this magnitude has been declared this summer.
The major electric power provider for much of North and West Texas says it is considering closing or reducing operations at some of its coal-fired plants to meet new federal clean-air rules.