Northeast Texas Air Care

The Longview Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) works cooperatively with Northeast Texas Air Care (NETAC) to promote cleaner air in the East Texas region.

Currently, the Longview Metropolitan Area is in attainment or in compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone; however, the Longview value has increased slightly from 71 in 2008 to 73 in 2009. It is important to note that the Longview fourth highest 8­-hour ozone value has steadily dropped from 2005 to 2008. Compliance with the 8­-hour NAAQS standard for ozone is determined by averaging the three years of the fourth highest 8­-hour ozone level at a single monitoring station. The average must be lower than 75 parts per billion to meet the standard. Since 1996, NETAC has worked with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address ozone air quality concerns in Northeast Texas through two separate voluntary emission reduction agreements: a Flexible Attainment Region (FAR) agreement executed in 1997, and an Early Action Compact (EAC) agreement executed in 2002. These voluntary efforts, undertaken without any designation of nonattainment under the Federal Clean Air Act, have resulted in significant air quality improvements that have brought the five county NETAC area into attainment with EPA's 1­hour ozone standard, the 0.08 ppm 8­-hour ozone standard adopted in 1997, and the 75 ppb ozone standard adopted in 2008. For more information please visit www.NETAC.org.

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