Detecting Biohazards in Lubbock's Air - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/22/03

Detecting Biohazards in Lubbock's Air

Clear skies in Lubbock, air quality high, pollution levels low; thanks to regular monitoring by the Environmental Protection Agency. Nationwide, the EPA has 3,000 air quality monitors. They were installed after the passage of the Clean Air Act, ensuring that smog levels don't get too high. But since 9-11, their job description has changed, their locations kept a secret. Why? Homeland security.

"The idea for homeland defense and bio-security is to also retrofit these devices to be able to detect bio weapons," said Dr. Victoria Sutton. She's the Director of the Texas Tech Center for Biodefense.

Last week's missing plague vials had the public wondering what measures were in place to detect bio-warfare. According to Dr. Sutton, modifying the EPA monitors is an ongoing process.

"Well, they're intended to be able to pick up any biological weapon, but right now, in the development of primers, which is the identification of biological weapons in the monitors, there is capability to identify anthrax and plague," she said.

The high tech devices cost $1 million each and use DNA samples to detect biohazards -- a far cry from the day when the exhaust a '67 Chevy was the biggest threat to air quality.

"People are watching this. It is very much an issue that will have national interest to scientists and to regulators," she said.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Shutdown deadline nears; no accord in Trump-Schumer meeting

    Shutdown deadline nears; no accord in Trump-Schumer meeting

    Friday, January 19 2018 1:25 AM EST2018-01-19 06:25:00 GMT
    Friday, January 19 2018 4:11 PM EST2018-01-19 21:11:49 GMT

    The measure would be the fourth stopgap spending bill since the current budget year started in October.

    The measure would be the fourth stopgap spending bill since the current budget year started in October.

  • Stripes cashier accused of embezzlement after using fake bill

    Stripes cashier accused of embezzlement after using fake bill

    Friday, January 19 2018 4:07 PM EST2018-01-19 21:07:27 GMT

    An internal investigation has been launched by Stripes after it was discovered a cashier switched out a counterfeit bill for real money out of a company cash register.

    An internal investigation has been launched by Stripes after it was discovered a cashier switched out a counterfeit bill for real money out of a company cash register.

  • Woman wanted after using stolen credit cards around Lubbock

    Woman wanted after using stolen credit cards around Lubbock

    Friday, January 19 2018 3:51 PM EST2018-01-19 20:51:25 GMT
    A woman is seen walking out of a store after allegedly using stolen credit cards (Source: Lubbock Police Department, Facebook)A woman is seen walking out of a store after allegedly using stolen credit cards (Source: Lubbock Police Department, Facebook)

    Local authorities are searching for a woman who is accused of using stolen credit cards to pay for items at various retail outlets in Lubbock.

    Local authorities are searching for a woman who is accused of using stolen credit cards to pay for items at various retail outlets in Lubbock.

Powered by Frankly