The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is recommending that Port Arthur be removed from a Pollutant Watch List.
The TCEQ says the annual average concentration of Benzene which is a colorless, flammable toxic that comes mostly from coal tar, has decreased significantly over the past 11 years.
A hearing was held Tuesday to give the public a chance to speak about the recommendation. State and County officials commended TCEQ for its proposal and the plant industry for working to improve air quality.
"I remember you could see the air in Beaumont and Port Arthur but that's no longer the case. Some significant controls have been put in place and we can see the benefit. Those levels are being brought down because of improvements and expansions," State Representative Joe Deshotel said.
The Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission endorsed the proposal Tuesday. The proposal will go before the TCEQ's executive director who will decide if Port Arthur will be removed from the list.
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