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What rising inflation means for Houston’s economy (July 14, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: Whether continued inflation could lead to a recession, local activists and officials take on hazardous chemical leaks on Houston's east side, and gay conservatives in Texas search for belonging in a party that's openly hostile to them.

Juan Flores holds one of the air monitors he uses for his work with Air Alliance Houston.

Energy & Environment

‘This Is How We Defend Ourselves’ — Harris County Residents Install DIY Pollution Monitoring Network

Posted on · The Houston Ship Channel is the petrochemical capital of the country, but in one city, the state's environmental agency only has one air monitor. So, a group of clean-air advocates in east Harris County are taking matters into their own hands.

In this Thursday, April 30, 2020, photo storage tanks along the Houston Ship Channel are seen with downtown Houston in the background.

Energy & Environment

Texas Lawmakers Look To Tighten Rules For Storage Tanks In Flood-Prone Areas To Prevent Chemical Spills, Fires

Posted on · Storage tanks have been the source of several chemical disasters, including the fire at ITC Deer Park and a major gasoline spill during Hurricane Harvey. Now, they’re the focus of two bills this Texas legislative session.

Houston Matters

New Technology is Being Used to Study Houstonians’ Exposure to Air Pollution

Posted on · The Houston Advanced Research Center is beginning an air quality study using new air quality monitoring technologies to assess human exposure to air pollution. The Manchester, Milby Park and Galena Park neighborhoods will be the focus of the study. We learn more from Dr. Jay Olaguer, the Program Director for Air Quality Science at HARC.

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Should Refineries Face Tighter Regulation?

Posted on · The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday held a public hearing in Galena Park, where residents called for the federal agency to adopt stricter emissions standards for oil refineries, to reduce exposure to benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. The meeting was the second and final public hearing over the new rules, which would require oil refineries to invest […]

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EPA in Galena Park, Kindergarten Boot Camp, and Roller Derby: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Posted on · The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday held a public hearing in Galena Park, where residents called for the federal agency to adopt stricter emissions standards for oil refineries, in order to reduce exposure to benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. The meeting was the second and final public hearing over the new rules, which would require oil refineries […]

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