DFW Air Among Nation's Worst: EPA

Friday, Jan 14, 2011  |  Updated 10:15 AM CDT
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DFW Air Among Nation's Worst: EPA

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5. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Smog covers this cityscape in the South, where heat year-round adds to the problem of air quality.

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The Environmental Protection Agency says the Dallas-Fort Worth area has some of the nation's most polluted air.

EPA says the area on Tuesday will be designated a "serious" violator of federal air-quality standards.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Ventura, Calif., is just as bad although five other regions are even worse, including the Houston metro area, which is a "severe" offender.

EPA spokesman David Bary says the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will be required to develop a new clean-air plan for DFW by July 2012.

David Brymer, the state's air quality division director, says the new EPA label will probably have little effect on North Texas since a plan to clean the air is already underway because of previous orders by the federal government to do so.

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