“TCEQ spokesman Terry Clawson said arsenic levels typically found in Texas ‘do not pose an immediate health threat,”...this man should lose his job because inaction (to warning those of the longterm risk) has resulted in long term exposures. He should work to protect people over the long haul too!
He thinks fracking is lovely as well…be very afraid! In this link….he refers to “MOST TANKS” use vapor recovery in Texas (to meet a 25 tpy limit)…he failed to mention that is not the case in the North TX Barnett Shale “dry gas” urban areas where the majority of the padsites are under a “permit by rule” that are on an honor system claiming that they emit less than 25 tpy VOC’s …what a misleading statement in terms of chronic human health exposures to the populations here in Tarrant County to think that 1-24 tpy in densely populated areas is safe for human health! https://www.earthworksaction.org/media/detail/colorados_tough_new_drilling_rules_make_an_impact_in_texas#.VugtxWQrIS8 “—Colorado requires all storage tanks that release more than six tons of VOCs a year to use technology that reduces emissions by at least 95 percent. The EPA has a similar requirement, but it applies only to tanks built or modified after Aug. 23, 2011. In Texas, most tanks can emit up to 25 tons of VOCs per year. In order to meet that limit, the majority of tanks (Kim Feil notes that is in the wet gas & oil production areas) use control devices that reduce VOCs by up to 98 or 100 percent, said spokesman Terry Clawson of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.”
So Clawson is just fine in allowing padsites in our urban areas like in Arlington, to allow each to emit up to 25 tons of VOCs per year in our backyards….wtfrack!… That is up to 25 tons too much near people in our airshed in a NON-attainment to ozone designation. Thanks Clawson for misleading the cows into thinking they won’t go to the slaughter house.