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EPA awards another $500,000 grant for air-quality monitoring in Houston neighborhoods

Posted on · A grant awarded this week by the federal agency will expand air-quality monitoring in the Fifth Ward, Galena Park, Pleasantville and Sunnyside neighborhoods. Earlier this year, the EPA awarded $500,000 for air monitoring in four other communities in East Houston.

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How the Inflation Reduction Act might affect Houston (Aug. 9, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Analyzing the climate change provision in the Inflation Reduction Act and how it might affect Houston. Questions for Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Martin. A gardening expert answers your questions. And addressing problems Hurricane Harvey exposed with area reservoirs.

Captain L.G. Boyd and researcher Sepp Haukebo are catching fish as part of a grant to better understand what chemical pollution ends up in the bay during storms and flooding events.

Energy & Environment

Galveston Bay researchers are fishing for data about chemical runoff — literally

Posted on · Industrial facilities along Houston’s Ship Channel are increasingly at risk of flooding as climate change accelerates rising sea levels and strengthens storms. Now, local researchers are examining how pollution runoff during these flood events is impacting the bay’s ecosystem -- and how to mitigate it.

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Navigating A Transition Of Power When One Candidate Won’t Concede (Nov. 11, 2020)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: New efforts to monitor pollution after natural disasters, navigating a transition of power when one candidate won’t concede the election, how bars are adapting to prevent the spread COVID-19, and a documentary about the iconic Houston nightclub Numbers.

A smoke plume from the ITC facility in Deer Park, on March 18, 2019. The fire caused a massive smoke cloud that could be seen for miles.

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UPDATE: Company And Texas Officials Say Fire At Deer Park Petrochemical Facility Isn’t Dangerous For Residents

Posted on · ITC says three of the tanks are still on fire and another three are experiencing intermittent fires. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says that, as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, it hadn't detected "any immediate health concerns at ground level."

An aerial view of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017. Hurricane Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeastern Texas, bringing record flooding and destruction to the region. U.S. military assets supported FEMA as well as state and local authorities in rescue and relief efforts.

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Environmental Regulators Rejected NASA’s Offer To Monitor Air Pollution After Harvey

Posted on · An investigative story by the LA Times reports the space agency offered to deploy a sophisticated airplane to monitor pollution levels over the area the hurricane impacted. The TCEQ says the data it would have collected wouldn't have been useful because it wouldn't have been gathered at ground level.

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