POSTED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:44am
Longview, TX — Ozone season officially begins each Memorial Day, but Northeast Texas is fast approaching the dog days of smog creation.
“My concern is, come about mid-August, we’re going to be in a world of hurt from the heat index, dryness and lack of winds,” Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt said, describing the classic conditions for formation of ozone, or ground-level smog. “August is historically very, very hot, no wind and no rain. And those are the three main things when you’re trying to maintain attainment, when you’re on the bubble.”
The bubble Stoudt fears bursting is this region’s 3- or 4-year-old attainment status with the Clean Air Act.
The five-county coalition, North East Texas Air Care, pushed down emissions of ozone precursor nitrogen oxide using a voluntary model called an Early Action Compact. Eastman Chemical Co., Texas Operations, AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co. and other local polluters invested millions in smokestack scrubbers and other anti-smog technology.
And it worked — at least by succeeding in putting the area on the bubble of non-attainment.
Read more  from the Longview News-Journal.