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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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 […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

League City’s Immigrant Ordinance and Life Like a Country Song: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the new resolution banning undocumented children from entering League City, to concern over pollution in and around Galena Park, to Texas being named the second-most state where “life is most like a country song” — it’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s rotating panel of non-experts is […]

Houston Matters

Are Unregulated Drilling Waste Pits A Threat To Texas Groundwater?

Posted on · Not since the oil boom of the 1980s have so many wells been drilled in Texas. Last year the total number of “holes drilled” for oil & gas topped 24,000 state-wide according to Texas regulators. But there’s concern that Texas isn’t doing enough to make sure that all that drilling doesn’t end-up polluting precious groundwater. We […]

Houston Matters

Are Allergies and Asthma Worse in Houston?

Posted on · Taking a deep breath may seem like a good idea sometimes. But when it comes to allergy season and asthma — forget it! Like most of the country, Houston has distinctive allergy seasons. Sometimes they’re shorter, sometimes they’re longer. But with a humid climate and air pollution, it may seem like allergies are a problem […]

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Allergies & Asthma, A New Approach to Online Educ. & Recovering from Amnesia: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 4, 2014

Posted on · Taking a deep breath may seem like a good idea sometimes. But when it comes to allergy season and asthma — forget it! Like most of the country, Houston has distinctive allergy seasons. Sometimes they’re shorter, sometimes they’re longer. But with a humid climate and air pollution, it may seem like allergies are a problem […]

StateImpact

Tracing Traffic Pollution As Texas Port Expands

Posted on · Texas and California have a couple things in common: big sea ports and pollution. And it's those similarities that are becoming important as a change is about to take place in how foreign cargo is shipped into the United States. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling explains why some Texans are looking closely at what happened years ago in Los Angeles.

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Houston Matters for Tues., Oct. 29, 2013

Posted on · The state of Texas believes the Environmental Protection Agency does not have legal authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from factories and power plants. Such disputes over carbon emissions have pitted environmental regulators against industry for years. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over this question – and the state of […]

News

Report: Texas Cuts Emissions by 2%

Posted on · The state's carbon dioxide emissions are down by two percent according to a new report by Environment Texas. The decline is a reversal of a decades-long trend of rising pollution. Laurie Johnson reports.

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Pollution Control Partnership

Posted on · It's about the air we breathe. An agreement is signed between the City of Houston and Harris County to catch pollution violators. Officials say the effort is expected to result in increased pollution control and Greater Protection of Public health. Pat Hernandez has the story.

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Another Houston Chemical Plant Accused of Polluting

Posted on · In June, Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott filed a lawsuit against British Petroleum Products, for what he called the worst act of polluting he'd ever seen. Now, Chevron Phillips Chemical finds itself at the other end of a lawsuit as well. The action claims Chevron's Cedar Bayou plant of violating the clean air act. Bill Stamps has more.