Dive into the data
Continuous monitoring done by TCEQ currently on hold
The official TCEQ monitor used to determine air quality in our area WAS positioned at 2725 Old Fort Worth Road, Midlothian, Texas. It was taken down in April 2022 due to construction in the area, so no comprehensive data has been gathered since this time. The state agency is not expected to reactivate monitoring until March 2023. And worse, TCEQ plans to relocate the monitor one mile further upwind of our largest area polluter "pending site selection."
Use TCEQ tools to explore historical data on individual pollutants over various dates until April 2022.
Does our air quality meet current EPA targets?
Monitoring was disrupted in April 2022. Until then, we assessed monitoring data monthly and have recorded information on the spreadsheet below.
RED shading indicates values exceeding EPA targets.
YELLOW shading indicates values at EPA target threshold.
EPA regulations are based primarily on average output over time, which historically have been met for most pollutants, including PM 2.5.
The EPA target for "safe" PM 2.5 is exceeded at some point almost every day and has been exceeded multiple days for each month on record.
See Health effects for recent data on health risks of PM 2.5, even at levels below current EPA targets.
In addition, the DFW area has long been an area of "non-attainment" for ozone, meaning that we are not meeting EPA targets for ozone levels — and this has recently gotten worse, as DFW was downgraded from moderate to serious non-attainment in August 2019. TCEQ's response is to try to reduce the regulation rather than fix the problem (see link below).
General summary of individual pollutants recorded in Midlothian
NOTE: The EPA-published standards for air pollutants use different units of measurement than the data provided on the TCEQ site (just makes things even more complicated). We share data using EPA's units of measurements to make the data we present easier to interpret.