Fact Sheets

North Texas Air Quality

North Texas is enjoying tremendous growth, which continues to make our area dynamic, diverse, and a desirable place to live. However, with all of this growth comes increased traffic congestion, which has larger implications than just lengthening our commute time. The increasing number of single-occupancy vehicles on the roadways has an impact on our air quality, which directly influences our productivity, health, and economy (see pdf).

Why Start a Clean Air Program

There are a number of reasons why employers should get involved and start a Clean Air Program. While there are many benefits of adopting a Clean Air Program, there are consequences from inaction. If conditions do not improve, more stringent measures might have to be taken.

The region could be reclassified as being in “serious” nonattainment if air quality goals are not met. The federal government could make current voluntary air quality programs and/or other programs mandatory. The region could also face sanctions that would severely hamper transportation construction.

Health Effects and Benefits

Air Quality Index

The Air Quality Index, commonly known as the AQI, is an index used for reporting daily air quality levels. The colors indicate how polluted the air is and the corresponding actions tell you how it might affect your health.

Air Quality Index

Additional resources

Ozone

Ozone is a reactive and irritating chemical. When inhaled, it can irritate and inflame the airways, the passages that carry air from the mouth and nose to the lungs. At low levels, this may not cause any noticeable symptoms, but may inflame the airways and decrease air flow. At higher levels, symptoms can include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness or pain. People who are exercising outdoors may find that their stamina is diminished.

Particle Pollution

When exposed to particle pollution, people with heart and lung diseases and older adults are more at risk of hospital and emergency room visits, or in some cases, even death. These effects have been associated with both short-term (as short as one hour) and long-term exposures.

  • Particles can aggravate heart diseases such as congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease.
  • Particle pollution has also been associated with cardiac arrhythmias and heart attacks.
  • Particles can aggravate lung diseases such as bronchitis, causing increased medication use and doctor visits.
  • Particles can also increase susceptibility to respiratory infections.

Nonattainment Area map

Non-attainment area map

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2010 Award Winners

2010 Event Photos - Western

Peterbilt

Employer of the Year Under 500 - Silver

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Employer of the Year Under 500 - Silver

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