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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 […]

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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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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