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  • Dear Chairwoman Greyson and Quality of Life Committee Members,

     On Sept 24th you have an opportunity to propel Dallas air quality monitoring into the 21st Century.

    Currently, the EPA and state operate only a handful of air monitors in North Texas and you often have to wait hours for information from them. 

    A local consortium of universities, citizens groups, and local governments have worked for a over a year to establish a new high-tech, low-cost air quality monitoring network to do a better job.

    This local network would supplement those existing monitors with hundreds of new ones, all calibrated to EPA standards. Instead of waiting up to two hours to learn what the air was like across town by way of four or five complicated website links, residents would get real time information about the air right outside their house in real time via an app on their phone or tablet. This is a "smart city" idea that makes a lot of sense and could help save lives.

    Plano and Dallas County have already signaled their enthusiasm for this new network. As a City in annual violation of the Clean Air Act for almost 30 years, Dallas could certainly use a new approach to tracking and reducing air pollution. 

    I urge you to vote for the City of Dallas to join the North Texas Clean Air Network.

    Thank you for your consideration.