AMARILLO -- Under contract with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas A&M AgriLife Research has begun monitoring sulfur dioxide concentrations in Amarillo, according to the AgriLife Research engineer in charge of the project.
"The Amarillo site is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys national monitoring network for sulfur dioxide," said Dr. Brent Auvermann, AgriLife Research agricultural engineer/environmental systems specialist in Amarillo.
"As one of EPAs six criteria pollutants under the federal Clean Air Act, sulfur dioxide is the subject of a primary air quality standard designed to protect public health," Auvermann said.
"Putting a site in Amarillo wasn't due to expected high concentrations of sulfur dioxide, but rather the absence of monitoring locations in this part of Texas," he said. "EPA set the site-locating criteria and specifications; TCEQ selected and built the site per those specifications; and AgriLife Research has been contracted to operate and maintain the site."
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