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Proposal to Remove Port Arthur from Air Pollution Watch List

On August 28, 2013, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) proposed to remove Port Arthur from the agency’s Air Pollution Watch List (“APWL”) based on reductions in measured benzene levels in recent years.  TCEQ added Port Arthur to the APWL in 2001 to address elevated annual average benzene concentrations at the agency’s City Service Center monitor.  Since that time sources in the Port Arthur APWL area implemented operational improvements that have achieved lower benzene emissions.  TCEQ will host a public meeting regarding the proposal in Port Arthur on October 8, 2013, and is accepting public comment through October 11, 2013. 

Additional information regarding this proposal, including information on the public meeting and how to submit comments, is available on TCEQ’s website.  

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Laura L. LaValle Clean Air Act Attorney Beveridge & Diamond Austin, TX
Office Managing Principal

Laura's practice has focused on Clean Air Act matters for over 20 years.

Laura's air quality experience includes advising and representing entities on a broad range of permitting, compliance, and policy issues. She has represented chemical manufacturing operations, electric utilities, petroleum refineries, oil and gas pipelines and terminal facilities, alternative/renewable energy operations including solar energy projects, landfills and waste combustors, steel manufacturing facilities, mining operations, and other facility types regarding federal and state permitting and compliance...