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What Are the Environmental Consequences to Houston’s High Ozone Levels?

On Monday’s program, we discussed how Greater Houston has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels and is facing new, even tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act. That, according to the Greater Houston Partnership, may create circumstances that could prompt companies wanting to build new industrial plants to do so outside of the region. […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaOn Monday’s program, we discussed how Greater Houston has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels and is facing new, even tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act.

That, according to the Greater Houston Partnership, may create circumstances that could prompt companies wanting to build new industrial plants to do so outside of the region. That’s the economic argument against those tougher standards.

There are also, of course, environmental consequences to not toughening ozone standards over time.

Today, we consider those consequences and seek out reaction to the GHP’s concerns from Dr. Neil Carman, clean air director for the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter.

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