AGENDA ITEM # 23 KEY FOCUS AREA:
Clean, Healthy Environment
March 26, 2014
Public Works Department
Jill A. Jordan, P.E., 670-5299
SUBJECT Authorize the second amendment to the contract with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to accept additional state grant funds to operate and maintain whole air samplers and conduct BioWatch air monitoring activities in Dallas County for the period September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2014 - Not to exceed $49,640, from $844,720 to $894,360 - Financing: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Grant Funds BACKGROUND Since 1967, the City of Dallas has received various state and federal grants to support the Air Pollution Control Program. The Air Pollution Control Program consists of: (1) monitoring ambient air quality; (2) enforcing the Texas Clean Air Act and the City's Clean Air Ordinance; and (3) reviewing permits for the construction and/or modification of industrial plants which have the potential of emitting airborne contaminants. Among the monitoring activities conducted for this program, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requests that the City support the National Whole Air Monitoring (BioWatch) Network, on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The BioWatch monitoring network consists of air samplers at various locations throughout Dallas County. The City has supported this effort for the past twelve years. This action will authorize the acceptance and execution of the second amendment to Contract No. 582-13-30015 for supplementary grant funds to support the purchase and use of new field vehicles. PRIOR ACTION/REVIEW (COUNCIL, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS) Authorized Contract No. 582-7-72673 to accept grant funds to operate and maintain whole air samplers and conduct air monitoring activities on June 28, 2006, by Resolution No. 06-1748.