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Information for individuals
1. What is Air North Texas?
2. Why does Air North Texas exist?
3. What are Air Pollution Action Day Alerts?
4. How do Air Pollution Action Alerts Differ from Air Pollution Watches and Warnings?

5. Is there a specific time of the year when air pollution is a problem?
6. Can individuals join Air North Texas?
7. How much does it cost to be part of Air North Texas.
8. Are there obligations associated with Air North Texas involvement?
9. Are there membership fees?
10. As an employee, how can I get my employer involved?
11. Will my e-mail be shared if I subscribe to information alerts?

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Information for potential partners
1. What is Air North Texas?
2. What is the Air North Texas partner agreement?
3. Are partners required to accomplish all tasks in Section 3 of
the agreement?

4. Do all benefits in Section 2 of the agreement apply to every Air North Texas partner — regardless of fulfilling any or all tasks listed in Section 3?
5. What qualifies as a "shared resource"?
6. As an Air North Texas partner, where can I download campaign materials?
7. What will partners be required to submit for the annual status report and implemented tasks summary?
8. How does a partner qualify for annual recognition?

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Information for individuals
1. What is Air North Texas?

  • Formed by the North Central Texas Council of Governments with support of an Air Quality Public Relations Task Force of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, transportation authorities and others.
  • Regional public awareness campaign and partnership that seeks to improve air quality in North Texas.
  • Includes individuals and organizations.
  • Leverages existing resources and program strengths.
  • Offers the public a comprehensive resource for air quality information.

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2. Why does Air North Texas exist?

  • Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise counties fall under nonattainment for the pollutant ozone, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • North Texas must meet ozone emissions standards as set by the EPA or face federal sanctions.

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3. What are Air Pollution Warnings and Watches?

  • Air Pollution Action Day Alerts are announced when air quality is predicted to be in the unhealthy range or higher for sensitive groups in parts or the entire North Texas nonattainment region.

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4. How do Air Pollution Action Alerts Differ from Air Pollution Watches and Warnings?

  • Due to recent changes from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Department and the regional air quality public awareness campaign, Air North Texas, are changing the air pollution alert language. In past years, Air North Texas sent out Air Pollution Watches and Warnings based on information received from TCEQ. In an effort to be consistent with TCEQ’s new system, Air North Texas will send out Air Pollution Action Day Alerts in place of Air Pollution Watches.

    TCEQ is no longer distributing Air Pollution Warnings, so Air North Texas encourages North Texans, especially those with respiratory issues, to monitor air pollution levels following the release of an Air Pollution Action Day Alert. Should levels reach orange or higher, follow the recommendations listed on the air quality index.

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5. Is there a specific time of the year when air pollution is a problem?

  • Poor air quality is a problem throughout the year, but it is primarily a problem from March through October, which is our official Ozone Season. Ozone pollution occurs primarily in warmer weather.
  • Air North Texas encourages the community to adopt lifestyle changes that benefit and improve the air we breathe every day.

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6. Can individuals join Air North Texas?

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7. How much does it cost to be part of Air North Texas?

  • Nothing. It is FREE for individuals to be part of Air North Texas.

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8. Are there obligations associated with Air North Texas involvement?

  • Individuals who join Air North Texas will be encouraged to make clean air choices and share information with family and friends.

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9. Are there membership fees?

  • No.

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10. As an employee, how can I get my employer involved?

  • Consider clean air choices when commuting to work and tell your colleagues about Air North Texas. Also, visit the business page for additional details.

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11. Will my e-mail be shared if I subscribe to information alerts?

  • No. We will never share your e-mail address or other information with any organization or group outside of Air North Texas. We will use your information only to send you information relevant to Air North Texas and related air quality topics.

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Information for potential partners
1. What is Air North Texas?

  • Formed by the North Central Texas Council of Governments with support of an Air Quality Public Relations Task Force of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, transportation authorities and others.
  • Regional public awareness campaign and partnership that seeks to improve air quality in North Texas.
  • Includes individuals and organizations.
  • Leverages existing resources and program strengths.
  • Offers the public a comprehensive resource for air quality information.

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2. What is the Air North Texas partner agreement? [PDF]

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3. Are partners required to accomplish all tasks in Section 3 of
the agreement?

  • No. Task items listed are suggestions. Partners should provide as much support as resources allow, but Air North Texas is a voluntary, collaborative effort.

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4. Do all benefits in Section 2 of the agreement apply to every Air North Texas partner — regardless of fulfilling any or all tasks listed in Section 3?

  • Yes. Air North Texas information, materials and assistance will be available to organizations with limited resources and/or funding.
  • Every interested organization should be able to involved.
  • Cumulative efforts will benefit the region.

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5. What qualifies as a "shared resource"?

  • Shared resources refers to the leveraging of existing marketing dollars and program strengths through a regional partnership that strives to establish a consistent and comprehensive message for air quality.

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6. As an Air North Texas partner, where can I download campaign materials?

  • Visit www.airnorthtexas.org/resources.asp.
  • News releases, fact sheets, creative materials and more are available for download from this password-protected
    website. Passwords are e-mailed to partners upon receipt of a partner agreement. [PDF]
  • Committee items are available on the Air Quality Public Relations Task Force Committee web page.

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7. What will partners be required to submit for the annual status report and implemented tasks summary?

  • Partners will be asked to provide an annual status report with information about Air North Texas-related projects implemented.
  • Status report forms are available online and due in mid-September each year.
  • Continuous information exchange between partners will highlight successes, challenges and opportunities.

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8. How does a partner qualify for annual recognition?

  • At the end of each campaign run (every fiscal year, from September to September), the Air Quality Public Relations Task Force will evaluate and review tasks accomplished by each entity.
  • Every organization's participation is valued.
  • Organizations that exceed expectations and contribute efforts/resources at a higher level will be recognized by the Air Quality Public Relations Task Force.
  • Annual status reports will be used to evaluate efforts and determine special recognition.

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